FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Plaxico Burress says he feels "blessed" to be able to share Thanksgiving with his family this year after spending the last two behind bars.

The New York Jets wide receiver said on Wednesday that every holiday was difficult to be away from home while he was in prison for 20 months on a gun charge after accidentally shooting himself almost exactly three years ago in a New York nightclub. Burress, then with the Giants, shot himself on Nov. 28, 2008, when the gun he was carrying in his sweat pants started slipping down his leg and went off as he grabbed it.

Burress, who leads the Jets with six touchdown catches, resumed his football career in July when New York signed him to a one-year deal.