Giant: The Road to the Super Bowl

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Giant: The Road to the Super Bowl
HarperEntertainment | 2008-07-01 | ISBN: 0061695742 | 240 pages | PDF | 2 MB
In Giant, Plaxico Burress takes you into the locker room, onto the practice field, and into the huddle, providing a flat-out-honest look at life on and off the field with the New York Giants and at the making of a champion.

Throughout the 2007 season, Plaxico battled near-crippling injuries, and despite rarely practicing, being heavily bandaged, and on serious painkillers, he led the New York Giants in receptions, yards, and touchdowns. He continued to play through pain in the playoffs, only to be further injured before Super Bowl XLII. Playing the arrogant Patriots—who were inviting the Giants to their victory party before the game was over—Plaxico concealed a significant injury that might have changed the outcome of the game if the Pats had known.

When he first joined the Giants, Plaxico expected to be the go-to guy for the young quarterback Eli Manning. What he didn't expect was the media and fan scrutiny that was heaped on Manning as they battled to win games.

What Plaxico also didn't expect was the difficult relationship he had with head coach Tom Coughlin, who was a stickler for discipline and who would fine players for even the mildest offenses. For five years Plaxico had played for the laid-back Bill Cowher and the Pittsburgh Steelers. In contrast, within weeks of joining the Giants, Plaxico and Coughlin were butting heads, and the fines followed.

But there to make things a little easier were friends like Jeremy Shockey and Amani Toomer, nearly polar opposites. With Shock, everything was always full-tilt and his mouth would usually get him into trouble. Toomer was the easygoing elder statesman—at times absentminded, but a brilliant receiver.

And in 2007, Manning, with Plaxico's advice and support, would rise above the scrutinizing media and come into his own, and Coach Coughlin would relax his grip somewhat and let the team breathe. The results were obvious.

It's all here. The ups and downs, the trash-talking, the sweat and blood, and what it takes to be the best.

Summary: Giant
Rating: 4

Giant is an autobiography written by Plaxico Burress. This book is very interesting and takes the reader on a roller coaster ride through Burress's life. Plaxico let his readers feel the emotions he went through as a young kid when his mother passed away. This was the best part of the book because it makes the reader feel as if they are attending the funeral. Another great part of the book was just the insight to how football players live. Burress got a bad reputation playing college football because of all of the partying he did while he was supposed to be focused on getting into the NFL. Then the book takes a twist and shows the reader how Burress got focused on being one of the best receivers in the NFL. In high school and college, Burress could simply outrun defensive backs and catch the football. In this book, Plaxico shows the reader how much tougher the NFL really is. Receivers are not simply going to outrun defenses in the NFL. Burress shows how he adjusted and studied to become a smarter football player to be suited for the NFL. Burress also talks about the New York Giants incredible playoff run to make it to the Superbowl. I felt as if I was in the New York Giant's huddle during the Superbowl. The book gives incredible insight to how tough and stressful the week before the Superbowl is and how incredible the game feels. Giants will have you on the edge of your seat during the whole book, cheering for the New York Giants to beat the goliath New England Patriots. This book is a very descriptive view of what a pro football player's life is like. I would recommend this book to any real football fan or anyone who is looking for an enjoyable read.

Summary: Excellent football / NFL book..........
Rating: 5

Plax states early in the book, "he's no Randy Moss"! Plaxico admits, when he was in high school and college, he dominated because of his size and speed, but now, he has had to become a master of his position and put in twice as much work.

Without a doubt, Plaxico Burress is high on a short list of why the Giants won the Superbowl last year!

The book has alot of insight about being a receiver in the NFL, how the position is played, the players, coaches and the game itself

Alot of funny stories about his Giants teammates, Eli Manning is the team's biggest prankster, who would of thought that

Plax talks about alot of his own teammates and his teammates from Pittsburgh, he comments on alot of other famous NFL stars, he never bad mouths anyone throughout the whole book other then Nick Saban, Burress's coach at Mich. State, from the story he tells, sounds like Saban deserves it

A true inside look at how the wide receiver position is played in the NFL, team chemistry and much, much more!

Great, great book for all NFL fans, especially Giants fans and Plaxico Burress fans!

Summary: Good, but could have been great!
Rating: 3

I recieved this book as soon as it came out. Being a huge Giant fan I couldn't wait for this book, just as I can't wait for Coughlin's or Eli's book. The parts of this book about Plax growing up and his relationship with his Mother was the best part. His openness about his Mom and her death and how raw he felt during those times was heartfelt. I did feel short changed about his football stories. It seemed reading it that he was holding back. The book didn't really give me an insiders look or as much of an insiders look as I had hoped for. Considering the fantastic playoff run and Superbowl victory I had hoped for some inside, untold stories or quotes about the Run and the big game. What I read here was mostly covered elsewhere. Not a bad book, just a tad dissapointing. Strahan's book read a bit better.

Summary: RICK "SHAQ" GOLDSTEIN SAYS: "UNCENSORED!...UNFILTERED!... STRAIGHT TALK FROM PLAXICO BURRESS!"
Rating: 5

If you're a real pro-football fan and have ever dreamed of having an NFL star come over to your house and spend the weekend... have a couple of beers... talk about all the stuff that really goes on in the clubhouse... on the field... in their private lives... what their childhood was like... and just shoot the "crap" with each other... just like you and I do with our buddies all year long... then this book is the absolute next best thing.

Plaxico Burress the wide receiver on the 2007 Super Bowl Champion New York Giants, who not only caught the winning touchdown in the Super Bowl, but played the greatest game I have ever seen a receiver play in a championship game in the frozen tundra of Green Bay... 11 catches for 154 yards with the temperature at *MINUS-ONE-DEGREE-BELOW ZERO* with the *WIND-CHILL-FACTOR AT "MINUS-TWENTY-THREE-DEGREES-BELOW-ZERO*!. It was so cold that when a player tried to spit, the spit would freeze to the face mask of their helmet. The teams didn't have Gatorade on the sideline, it was all chicken broth. "No water, no Gatorade, just chicken broth."

How was Plaxico shaped into the man he became, that led to these historical games? Burress will tell you himself through the pages of this "ONE-OF-A-KIND" autobiography. I have read hundreds and hundreds of sports books in my life, but I have never read one that the subject pulls absolutely no punches, whether he's talking about touchdowns, partying, loving his Mother, or describing opponents and teammates, owners or coaches. I am not exaggerating even one iota! There is a co-author mentioned in the title of the book... but with no disrespect meant... I don't believe he did anything but turn on a tape recorder and let Plaxico speak from his heart to his unrestricted self-content... and then had it transcribed. Any football fan... and it doesn't matter what team you root for... you can't miss this book! There has never been an opportunity to have an NFL star come into your family room and tell you "the-way-it-is"... and I mean "ALL-OF-THE-WAY-IT-IS"!

Some examples: "Coach Sullivan is a military guy. He went to Army and he's gone to the airborne, ranger, and air-assault schools. Because of that, he looks at life the same way I do. You hear a lot of people refer to football as war and he's real sensitive to that because has been to war. He understands football is not really like, war, so he doesn't take it like that." (Personal note: I am a Viet Nam era veteran so that means an awful lot to me.) When he was a teenager, his hardworking Mother who he loved more than words could ever say... "Then one day my mom was going through my pants and she found it. She found two empty bags and smelled it. I told her I didn't know what it was. She knew. She just went into her room and cried. THAT'S WHEN I THOUGHT ABOUT HOW HARD SHE WORKED AND I REALIZED HOW GUILTY I FELT. SHE HANDLED EVERYTHING DIFFERENTLY. SHE CRIED AND IT HURT ME SO BAD. SHE'S WORKING THIS HARD FOR ME AND I'M DOING THIS IN RETURN. I PROBABLY DID IT FOR ABOUT A SUMMER, BUT ONCE SHE FOUND IT, I QUIT. I STILL HUNG AROUND EVERYONE WHO DID IT. I KNEW WHAT IT WAS ABOUT."

More directly from Plaxico's heart: "The way I grew up, we had hard times, we had rough times. But I have no regrets about how I grew up. I wouldn't change a thing. My mom, she would never have done anything to hurt anybody, but she didn't bow down to no one, either. SHE WAS MY HERO." When he went to Michigan State on a football scholarship he played for Nick Saban and did not like him at all. "When Coach Saban cussed out defensive end Robaire Smith on national television, that was his biggest problem. When Saban got mad or something happened, he would just spaz out, flip out. He shouldn't coach at the NFL level, he has to coach college ball because he's so over controlling as far as talking to people. You can't talk to grown men that way." After Burress had a record setting game against Michigan he admitted he stopped going to class because he knew he was going to be a high first round draft choice.

When he was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers he was coached by Bill Cowher who he says: "Coach Cowher is one of my best friends. I love Coach to death. He came to my Mom's funeral. Everybody thinks he is tough, and he is pretty tough on the sidelines, but he's not a tough guy that you can't talk to. He has got one of the biggest hearts and he's a player's coach. He is one of the people who you want to work hard for. He just wants you to tell him straight, don't lie to him." When Plaxico left the Steelers it was simply because their type of offense would not highlight his talents. The ownership of Pittsburgh even gave the Giants a strong personal reference before he signed with New York.

While Plaxico is "visiting-your-house" he will share such "doozies" as: Rodney Harris is the Patriot's biggest trash talker, "and he's a cheap-shot artist." Or when he was a free agent he didn't want to play with the Philadelphia Eagles: "I WASN'T GOING TO GO THERE TO PLAY WITH TERRELL OWENS. THAT'S JUST SOMEONE I DIDN'T WANT TO PLAY WITH FROM WHAT I SAW OF HIM."

What impressed me most about Burris is that he is an ABSOLUTE-STAND-UP-GUY. He tells it like it is! People ask him why he and loud, brash, and misunderstood teammate Jeremy Shockey are such good friends? They say: "WHY DO YOU AND SHOCK HAVE THIS GREAT RELATIONSHIP? IT'S BECAUSE HE IS JUST ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE WHO, WHEN YOU TALK TO HIM, YOU AIN'T GOT TO WORRY ABOUT GETTING A KNIFE IN YOUR BACK. THAT'S JUST THE TYPE OF PERSON HE IS. IF HE'S GOT A PROBLEM WITH YOU, HE'S JUST GOING TO TELL YOU HOW HE FEELS. HE DON'T CARE IF YOU DON'T LIKE HIM OR IF ANYBODY ELSE LIKES HIM."

Invite Plaxico over to your house... even with all the "aint's... double-don'ts... and nothing's... you'll be spoken to like no sports star has ever openly spoken to a fan (you) before. He is truly a breath of fresh air in this cliché ridden business. Plaxico... my door is always open for you... I hope you come back again real soon.
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