MSU’s top 50 football players: No. 19 Plaxico Burress

This is the 32nd in a 50-day summer series counting down the top players in Michigan State football history, as I see them. As with last year’s MSU basketball top 50, the criteria is performance and impact at MSU only, professional career irrelevant. Have your own opinion? Leave a comment or tweet at me @Graham_Couch.

No. 19 – Plaxico Burress

Wide receiver, 1998-99, Virginia Beach, Va.

The skinny: Like his contemporary T.J. Duckett (No. 20 on this countdown), Burress had rare size and physical gifts for his position. And with them, he turned himself into an elite receiver. A 6-foot-6, 230-pound wideout, Burress set single-season school records in both of his seasons at MSU, with 65 catches as a sophomore and 66 as a junior. His 1,142 receiving yards in 1999 were also a program record at the time, as were his 12 touchdown catches. – Read more at

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