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Pittsburgh's Burress embracing role as elder statesman

Former Giants, Jets wideout trying to make most of final shot in the NFL
08/07/2013 1:46 PM ET
By The Associated Press

Once a superstar, Plaxico Burress is content with a reduced role for the Steelers.(AP)
LATROBE, Pa. (AP) -- Plaxico Burress joked at the beginning of training camp he and New England quarterback Tom Brady were the ''grandpas'' of the NFL. Burress is ready to show the kids in his meeting room he's still got it.

The 35-year-old finds himself in a unique position in the twilight of his career. Burress is a backup behind Emmanuel Sanders and Antonio Brown and is fighting with several rookies for a spot on the depth chart.

Burress caught just three passes after signing with Pittsburgh last November. He says he's more comfortable now after spending the offseason getting more familiar with offensive coordinator Todd Haley's scheme.

Burress said it's strange to be the old man in the meeting room but says he hopes his perspective will help the youngsters adjust to the NFL.

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