After spending 20 months in jail, Plaxico Burress says he has learned to love reading.
"It was one of those deals that kind of grew on me," Burress told Newsday. "Ever since I went to prison and in my spare time, I try to read as much as I can. Having a lot of time, I found something that became something I love to do. And that's gather information through reading, expanding my knowledge. I never would have known that if I didn't go through what I went through."
Burress, who caught the insane, game-winning touchdown in the Giants Super Bowl XLII upset of the Patriots, read a total of 82 books during his 86 weeks at the Onelda Correctional Facility.
"Reading never would have been on my radar," he told Newsday. "Now my wife comes into the room at night and I'm reading my book, she just starts laughing. It's something that gives me peace."
"If it wasn't for Michael Vick going through what he went through and coming back, maybe I wouldn't have gotten that chance," Burress said.
Vick and Burress talk about once a week. While Plaxico was in jail, the Eagles quarterback spoke to his family often.
"I read autobiographies, self-improvement, a few novels,"Plax said. "It's really just trying to gain knowledge and wisdom through other people's crises and overcoming tragedy."
Burress says in addition to his playbook and self-help books, he tries to read the Bible every day.
Plaxico Burress' Reading List:
• "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu.
• "Uncommon" by former Colts coach Tony Dungy.
• "Freedom," by Jonathan Franzen
• "The Autobiography of Malcolm X''
• "The Blind Side," by Michael Lewis
• "The Alchemist," by Paul Coelho
• "The Alchemyst," by Michael Scott.
• "The 50th Law" by 50 Cent and Robert Greene
• "Gates of Fire" by Steven Pressfield
Burress has asked his 136,000-plus followers for suggestions on a good book to read. You can pass your tips to Plaxico on his Twitter page @Plaxico.