But the highs were matched by the lows, specifically the 2008 New York nightclub shooting incident that led to a 20-month prison sentence and the end of his run with the team.
"I made the decision personally not to go back," said Burress, who hauled in 33 touchdown passes during four seasons with the Giants. "I didn't have any animosity towards them because they wanted to bring me back. I made a decision not to go."
That animosity seems to have dissipated, with Burress taking a more measured approach in his comments Thursday.
"It was just a situation where I just wanted to go somewhere and start over fresh," he said.