Alex Brandon, Associated Press
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick looks on during NFL football practice, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011, in Philadelphia.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Plaxico Burress credits Michael Vick for paving the way for his NFL comeback.

The New York Jets wide receiver says Thursday that if not for Vick being able to return to the league and be successful after serving prison time, he's not sure he would have been able to do the same. Burress says seeing Vick play at a high level after missing two seasons while in jail for his role in a dogfighting operation gave him the confidence he could again be a productive wide receiver. Burress served 20 months in prison after accidentally shooting himself.

Burress and the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback became friends as youngsters in Virginia, and still speak about once a week. The Jets (8-5) take on the Eagles (5-8) in Philadelphia on Sunday.