New York Jets wide receiver Plaxico Burress has one wish this Christmas, and it’s at the expense of his former team.
Burress, when asked about facing his former Giants teammates on Christmas Eve, he said he wanted to score multiple touchdowns.
“I definitely want to get in the end zone once, twice, maybe three or four times. I’m going to go out and try to play lights-out football,’’ Burress said yesterday.
“Based on where I was at last year, I just look at it as . . . being home for my first time at Christmas, being able to celebrate with my wife and children will definitely be special for me. Being able to play in this kind of game [against the Giants] on Christmas Eve, somebody’s going to wake up with a bittersweet Christmas, and,’’ Burress added with a chuckle, “it’s not going to be me.’’
Burress acknowledged that he still keeps in touch with his former teammates, including Brandon Jacobs, Justin Tuck, Aaron Ross and Osi Umenyiora, but can’t wait till Saturday.
“This is an exciting game for the city and the organizations. It’s who’s going to have bragging rights for the next four years,’’ said Burress. “I’m still in contact with some of the guys there. We did special things while we were there, winning a world championship, and I still have a good relationship with some of those guys. But when we go out there . . . and lace ’em up, we’re enemies for the next four hours.
“I get to play against my old boys. But in the situation we’re in, you couldn’t have it any better. This is what playing in New York is all about — the city, the people that are involved, both teams’ backs against the wall, the loser of this game not going to make the playoffs. If you like to compete, this is your kind of game. You love this opportunity, going out and showing everybody what you’re made of.’’