He said it once, twice, enough times that the phrase could be embroidered on his new clothing line of Plaxico's Sox:

"My job is to just go out and catch the football," Plaxico Burress said, explaining his role with the Steelers.

Really, what else would you want the 6-foot-5 receiver to do? Block? It's all Ben Roethlisberger wanted since Burress left the Steelers the first time after the quarterback's rookie season in 2004, a tall receiver. Now he has one, his first wide receiver of any note to stand taller than 6-1.

The problem as some see it is that Burress turns 36 in August, so the question seemingly even taller than he: Can he still do it, get open and catch the football?

The Steelers think he can. It is why they quickly re-signed him when he became a free agent this year.
"I'm blessed to be here," said Burress, who has not missed a practice this spring. "Kevin Colbert, Mike Tomlin and the Rooneys gave me an opportunity to still play football. They have the confidence in me that I can still go out there and play and make an impact. I think that's the most important thing, when the opportunity comes I go out and deliver."

The Steelers signed Burress Nov. 20 after injuries knocked Antonio Brown and Jerricho Cotchery out of the lineup. He started three games, but caught only three passes and did not suit up for two other games. With Mike Wallace gone, Burress has a chance to play more this year.

He is thankful for any opportunity after what he has been through. He went from Super Bowl hero to nearly two years in jail to being unwanted by all 32 NFL teams for most of the 2012 season, after a decent comeback year with the New York Jets in 2011.

"I know I can still play, I know I can dominate in the red zone," Burress said, and explained how he must go about doing that. "Just go out and play at a high percentage. In those one-on-one opportunities, just succeed at a high rate. I know I can. Being out there last year, I drew double coverage in the red zone without hardly playing, I think teams will have to respect that."

The story of Burress' climb to fame and then infamy in New York is well known. His 13-yard touchdown catch of an Eli Manning pass with 35 seconds left in Super Bowl XLII upset the undefeated and heavily favored New England Patriots.

Less than 10 months later, a handgun he carried in his pocket into a New York City nightclub accidentally went off and wounded him in the thigh. Burress was arrested for violating the city's concealed weapons law -- he had an expired permit from Florida -- and he ultimately agreed to serve a two-year jail sentence in a plea deal.