Von Miller Takes to Heart the Words of Plaxico Burress

Plaxico Burress give life advice this week at the NFL rookie symposium to the NFL’s youngsters. Rookie Von Miller, speaking to Sports Illustrated’s Jim Trotter, said what Burress said was profound. “I’ve been a big fan of Plaxico Burress’ since I was a kid,” Miller said. “It’s a nightmare story, but I think all of us rookies can learn from that.” Burress’ nightmare story is impactful: The wideout lost more than $12 million and two years of his life after being sentenced to prison for shooting himself in the leg in a nightclub.

Also present was former Lions DT Luther Ellis, who eventually filed for bankruptcy despite making $12 million over his career and, of course, a slew of rookies — 150 rooks made the trip, including eight of 10 first-rounders. (Only absent were Jake Locker, who’s getting married, and Julio Jones, who didn’t have an excuse, though he didn’t need one.) “Going into this event I thought I knew a lot, and then you go through these couple of days and you realize there’s a lot you have to learn,” said Texans defensive end J.J. Watt. “If I hadn’t have had this event, I think I would have missed out on a great deal.”


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