Super Bowl XLII hero David Tyree re-signs with Giants to retire as member of team
Published: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 8:51 PM Updated: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 9:40 PM
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David Tyree Harrison Super Bowl catchTim Farrell/The Star-LedgerThe Giants' David Tyree makes an acrobatic catch late in the fourth quarter to set up the Giants' winning score in Super Bowl XLII.
David Tyree had a strong inkling his NFL career might be over. On Friday, he'll make it official.
With the team he said has given him his "greatest memories."
The Super Bowl XLII hero, whose miraculous catch with Patriots safety Rodney Harrison hanging all over him will remain the defining moment of his career, signed a one-day contract with the Giants so he can retire as a member of the organization, the team confirmed.
Tyree will make the announcement during a 10 a.m. conference call.
Tyree, 30, played five seasons with the Giants, who stuck with the former sixth-round pick after a drug arrest in 2004. Upon turning his personal life around, Tyree found success as a special-teams ace and was elected to the Pro Bowl in 2005. He saw very little action as a wide receiver and didn't make a big, clutch play on offense until a fourth-quarter touchdown against New England.
Then, on the game's final drive, came his 32-yard reception when he pressed the ball against his helmet, somehow held onto it as he fell to the ground and kept it from hitting the grass as he was bent backward over Harrison. It was a play considered by many to be the best in Super Bowl history. A few plays later, Eli Manning found Plaxico Burress for the game-winning touchdown.
It would be Tyree's last meaningful game in a Giants uniform, as he suffered a knee injury the following offseason, was placed on the physically-unable-to-perform list and eventually ended the season on injured reserve. Last year, Tyree had a feeling he'd be a roster casualty because of the numbers at wide receiver and that turned out to be the case. He was released during final cuts.
Tyree signed with the Ravens and played 10 games as a special-teams presence. But this offseason, he was not tendered a contract. After a visit to Giants practice in June, Tyree admitted he was working out "but not enough to be at a Pro Bowl level" and suggested his career might soon be over. The spiritual Tyree hinted a role in both the media and the ministry could be in his future.
“It’s very likely I could shut it down and I won’t have any qualms about it," he said. "Like I said two years ago, if everything ended with this, I had to be happy. It’s been a crazy ride.”