In an interview with Bill Cowher that will air on Super Bowl Sunday, Burress talks about his desire to make it back to the bigs.
He's working out four times a week, relying heavily on push-ups and sit-ups.
At least one solid football mind is taking him seriously.
Burress is set to be released from prison in July 2011.
"He looked me in the eye. I believe he was sincere," Cowher said. "I think I know him well enough to know that ...
"He admittedly blames no one except himself. He's had a lot of time to reflect. He's had great, unwavering support from his wife. ... It's been an eye-awakening situation for him. He had a daughter born when he was in prison. It's very sobering to be in there. When you walk through the door, and you listen to him talk, you can see it's very genuine."