Avant On Plaxico Burress: “We definitely can use him in the red zone”BREAKING NEWS, Eagles, News, Wide Receivers Wednesday, June 8th, 2011
“I want him to succeed in whatever he does,” Avant said yesterday in Evesham Township, New Jersey after his workout with Mike Kafka. “If that means Philadelphia, that would be great. We definitely can use him in the red zone, I can tell you that.”
“We can always use a guy that’s a basketball 6-9 and a football 6-7 in the red zone,” Avant said.
I concur with him that they could use Burress in the red zone. As for the acquisition of Burress threatening his job, Avant talked about how he had helped teach DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper the Eagles passing system. He said he’s not threatened in the least.
In the Eagles locker room, Avant is a big brother first then a football player. Fans who don’t get a chance to get up close with the team, probably don’t know why the players were quick to give Avant the Ed Block Courage award. It’s because of his tough upbringing in the ghettos of Chicago, but it’s probably even more because of his influence in the Birds locker room.
Avant has been a steadying voice amongst the players. Yes, he’s a key player on the field as a slot receiver and third converter, but he’s probably just as important when it comes to keeping everybody going in the right direction while counseling and advising his young teammates.
I can remember him staying in DeSean Jackson’s ear during some turbulent times in the young gifted receiver’s time here in Philadelphia. Numerous times I saw him talking to Jackson before the young wide out talked to the media. He’s the guy ushering his teammates into the weekly Bible study on Thursday nights.
He was encouraging Donovan McNabb when all of the verbal guns in town were aimed at him. Avant is one of the players who has been in Michael Vick’s ear, advising him and encouraging him during his time here in Philadelphia.
I could see the receiver being a coach on the college or professional level when he retires.
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