Burress hugged agent Drew Rosenhaus, and spoke briefly to reporters, saying, "I just want to thank God for bringing me through one of the most trying times in my life. It's a beautiful day. It's a beautiful day to be reunited with my family. I want to go home and spend some quality time with them.
"I'd like to thank everybody for their prayers and words of encouragement. I'd like to thank all my fans all around the world for the thousands of letters, for their unwavering support. As far as football is concerned, if and when everything gets settled, when they get back on the field, I'll be ready."
As he exited the prison, Burress was wearing a Philadelphia Phillies hat.
Burress reunited with his family at the nearby Turning Stone Resort & Casino, and was then expected to head home with them to Florida. Burress has a daughter that was born while he was in prison.
He was released from prison three months early, but will be on parole for two years. During that time, he is required be employed, undergo testing for substance abuse and obey any possible curfew decided by his parole officer.
Rosenhaus claims he has spoken to several teams about Burress, who can't work out or sign with any team until the lockout ends. The Star Tribune reported that the Vikings don't have an interest in Burress. Rosenhaus said Burress is a different man than the one that pleaded guilty in Aug, 2009 to the gun charges.
"He's learned an awful lot," Rosenhaus said. "He knows that he obviously made a mistake. To miss two NFL seasons in the prime of your career. To not be with your family, most importantly. To lose out on millions and millions of dollars. These are things that have forced him to certainly evaluate his life."
Zbikowski won three fights this offseason, but then canceled a fight that had been scheduled for this past Saturday (June 4).
"It was time to start the transition back to football. My teammates are starting to organize some workouts, so it's just time to head back (to Baltimore). Wish I had more time to do both," he said.
As for his boxing career, he said, "I'd like to play football as long as I can. I still believe I can box after I'm done football. ... It's a sport where maybe you're better as you get more mature, older, stronger and a lot more wise."
While some have wondered if it was smart to box and potentially jeopardize his football career, while making the team wonder why he was doing it, Zbikowski said, "I think they (Ravens) understand we are all more than just football players. I did it competitively. I didn't get injured. I wasn't stupid with the opponents I was selecting. ... As long as the lockout has been going, it's going to be forgotten by the time the lockout is lifted."
"In Danville, Illinois shooting a new TV show for CBS," the Saints' Reggie Bush wrote on Twitter on Wednesday night. "Filming and staying with a cool family out here that shares my last name!"
The show is expected to air Sundays this summer, according to The Chicago Tribune.
It's the second brush with reality television for Reggie Bush, who dated E! reality star Kim Kardashian until their breakup in March, 2010.
Bush has managed to keep his name in the news during the NFL lockout courtesy of Twitter. He wrote, "It's been fun New Orleans," after the Saints selected Alabama running back Mark Ingram in the first round of the NFL Draft in April.
He created more controversy last month when he told his 1.6 million followers: "Everybody complaining about the lockout! Shoot I'm making the most of it! Vacation, rest, relaxing, appearances here and there! I'm good!" he wrote. "Right about now we would be slaving in 100 degree heat, practicing twice a day, while putting our bodies at risk for nothing."
After a bit of an uproar, he followed with a tweet saying, "FYI last tweet was a joke! Relax people damn it's called sense of humor! Cry me a river why don't you..."
Bush is due around $11.8 million in 2011, and he's expected to be asked to take a pay cut or be released once the lockout ends.
He knows with the lockout continuing, there are those believing he will get out of shape again.
Said Williams, "This whole offseason, everyone's been saying, ?Oh, all this time off and his attitude, he's going to be fat again.' Well, good luck with that. I'm here having a good time and let's get back to work."
Having a good time was a reference to his workouts. Williams said he has been doing about six hours of cardio a day.
He does admit, however, that the lockout is getting tiresome.
"When you find yourself going to two movies in the same day before night time, that's when you're bored. When you go see Kung Fu Panda 2 and Fast Five in the same day before 7 p.m., you might be a little bored."
Britt pleaded guilty Wednesday to careless driving and was fined $478. He will also have four points added to his record.
Hudson County (N.J.) prosecutor Edward DeFazio said, "I don't want people to get the wrong impression here. Somebody who was not Kenny Britt who was in a similar circumstance would have the same thing happen to their case. No one was injured and this is a typical disposition for someone who was in a similar circumstance."
The decisions he made, as well as the lessons he learned are all included in his autobiography, "Michael Vick: Finally Free," which will be published July 27.
Said a spokesperson for the publisher, Core Media Group, "He knew some parts of his book would show his life at rock bottom, but he wanted to share his story to help others, both youths and adults. Michael also wanted to take the chance to apologize, once again, for getting involved in fighting dogs and explain how his relationship with God was renewed during his time behind bars."
Vick tells of the lies he told to so many people, including Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank, commissioner Roger Goodell and even his attorney, Billy Martin.
He wrote, "When the dogfighting allegation surfaced, my lawyer told me, 'If you were involved, you need to tell me you were involved.' That's when it was on the state rather than the federal level. I kept telling him, 'No, no, I wasn't involved, no, no.' The whole time they were building the case, my lawyer was saying 'no' but he was seeing all this evidence saying 'yes.' If I had just told the truth, maybe I would've received a smack on the wrist instead of a lengthy sentence.
"So now that I think about it, I believe it was the Lord. It was God saying, 'Kid, I gave you a chance to get this thing right.' It was like, 'Carry yourself to jail.' I know He didn't say it like that, but it was like, 'Go on. You need to do some time. You need to learn a lesson.'
"He gave me a chance. He gave me three months - April through July - to go to all these people and say, 'Look, I was wrong,' and to get the correct advice, and to use it correctly. But I didn't do it."
He concluded, "Looking back, I can see that my propensity for trying to lie my way out of trouble only made my consequences more severe."
Vick also talked about the moment
After being drafted, Clayborn was asked about playing physical, and said he planned to "kick offensive linemen's asses," and added, "If you're not playing violent on the defensive line, there's something wrong with you. Go somewhere else."
So it was that former Buccaneers quarterback Shaun King was doing a radio interview June 3 and mentioned his post-draft words.
King said, "You made interesting comments after the draft. You got a lot of fans by these comments. You were pretty adamant that you're very aggressive, that you're violent, that you want nothing better than to hurt offensive linemen and offensive players. Talk about that mindset."
Responded Clayborn, "I just believe that's the way all great defensive linemen want to play. I mean look at (Ndamukong) Suh. He plays so violent. He gets after people. It's just an aggressive position. That's how I like to play and that's how I'm going to play."
Said Haslett, "He can do almost anything he wants. He doesn't want to do anything. To me that's the issue. He's one of those guys you walk in a meeting and you tell him, 'Put down the phone.' The next day you have to tell him to put down the phone. The next day, you tell him to put down the phone. You tell him, 'Don't read the newspaper in meetings.' The next day you have to tell him the same thing. It doesn't stick; it's an every-day thing."
Despite that, Haslett said he genuinely likes Haynesworth. He said, "Do I like him. I love the kid. I think he's a good kid, I like talking to him. He's a good person. He's a heckuva football player if he wants to be. He just didn't want to play in this scheme. He didn't want to play in the 3-4. He didn't want to do the things we wanted. Then we said, 'OK, if you're not going to do it, let's not do it. Let's play nickel, play the 3-technique.'
"Then, it got to the point where he said, 'I don't want to play first- and second-down nickel. I just want to play third-down nickel.' Oh my God, you're relegating yourself to 10-15 snaps a game. Then after that he didn't want to do the blitzes, he just wanted to rush. It got to the point where it didn't work out and became more of a distraction."
Still, Haslett believes Haynesworth can still be an excellent player.
Said Haslett, "Is he a good player? Yeah. Will he play for somebody in a four-man line and be a great football player? Yeah, I think he will be."
"He's worked on the script and he's running the meetings. He's shown a lot of leadership this summer as far as keeping everybody together and really communicating with everybody."
Staley added the camaraderie gained by having the practices.
"I think it's one of the things you miss this offseason, just team building," Staley said. "And I think this is definitely beneficial, laying the foundation for the season."
"I'm not worried about that right now to be honest," Johnson said of his contract. "On my mind is being in shape and being ready with the lockout is over with. I want to get better, and get the team better as a whole. We haven't been to the playoffs in two years. I didn't come out here to prove a point or anything. I just want to help the team get better."