The New York Giants were 11-1 and on track for a possible Super Bowl replay in November 2008. Plaxico Burress then committed suicide.
Burress caught the game-winning touchdown of Super Bowl XLII to complete an upset over the 18-0 New England Patriots.
About 10 months later, he was hospitalized with a self-inflicted gunshot wound and suspended by the team.
The Giants followed up their Super Bowl championship season by losing their first playoff game after the 2008 regular season.
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Things got worse for Burress. He eventually served two years in prison for criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.
Burress returned to the NFL after his prison sentence and has learned from his mistakes. Now, he offers Ja Morant advice before the NBA star’s situation worsens.
Morant recently filmed himself on Instagram live appearing to brandish a gun in a club. The video emerged just days after reports that Morant got into a physical altercation with a teenager and showed him a gun.
GRIZZLIES’ JA MORANT ‘AWAY FROM TEAM’ FOR AT LEAST TWO GAMES AFTER APPEARING TO FLASH GUN ON VIDEO
«They’ll just take it all away… If I was talking to him, it would just be, ‘If you can’t learn anything, just learn from me,'» Burress told «The Carton Show.» «He just makes better decisions because you really don’t want him to have that label because he’s so young. He has a chance to be the face of the NBA. He’s a great player.»
«You want to continue to see him mature as a person as his game improves, and I think everything comes with time and with the right people.»
The Memphis Grizzlies have said Morant will be out for «at least» two games, and Morant has hinted it could be longer.
«I take full responsibility for my actions last night. I’m sorry to my family, teammates, coaches, fans, partners, the city of Memphis and the entire Grizzlies organization for letting them down,» Morant said in a statement Saturday. «I’m going to take some time to get help and work on learning better ways to deal with stress and my overall well-being.»
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The Grizzlies are second in the Western Conference at 38-25, and Morant leads the team with 27.1 points and 8.2 assists per game.
Memphis is 4-6 without Morant this season and lost Tuesday night without him to the Los Angeles Clippers, 135-129.