February 4, 2008
Plaxico Burress found himself open in the endzone with 35 seconds remaining in Super Bowl XLII with his New York Giants down 14-10. Eli Manning looked his way, let the ball go, and all Burress had to do was pull it down and secure it. He did so, consequently making the biggest catch of his career.
The former Fork Union star only caught two passes for 27 yards, but the last one made the most noise. Burress' TD reception put the Giants ahead, and served as the game winning score. The outspoken receiver had received criticism earlier in the week, when he predicted a 23-17 Giants win.
Burress attended Fork Union in 1996, catching 33 passes for 807 yards and 12 touchdowns. He averaged 24.5 yards per catch that season.
CBS19 caught up with Burress' head coach at FUMA, John Shuman, who offered several thoughts on his former players big reception, along with his time at Fork Union.
As for the Giants, they became only the third team in NFL history to win a Super Bowl after starting out the season 0-2. They also join the 2005 Steelers as the only teams to win all three playoff games on the road leading up to a Super Bowl. New York has also won eleven straight games away from Giants Stadium, and held the Patriots to 14 points, their lowest point total of the season.
Click on the above video link to hear some of John Shuman's thoughts on his former player.