After serving nearly 20 months in prison, Plaxico Burress is hoping to make a comeback. The former New York Giants wide receiver and 2008 Super Bowl champion wants to return to the NFL, but has to prove himself on and off the field. After shooting himself with an illegal gun in a New York City nightclub in 2008, Burress lost a $35 million contract, the respect of fans and marketability to potential sponsors. But as proven by more than a few fallen stars, it is possible to rise again if he plays his cards right. Here is a look at a few other athletes that have gone through controversy and come out winnersâ€”again. â€”Kahliah A. Laney
Kahliah A. Laney is a multimedia journalist based in New York City. The California native attended the University of California, Davis, double majoring in English and Sociology. Kahliah currently attends the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism. Her work has been featured in Government Technology magazine, the Mott Haven Herald, and on the New York City News Service. She has been a contributor to BlackEnterprise.com since June 2011.