February 2, 2012

What Became of Super Bowl Hero David Tyree?

By - Kris Fletcher

Even though it was four years ago, it seems like David Tyree's catch that helped propel the New York Giants over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII happened just yesterday.

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Probably because most of us have seen the replay more times than we care to remember.

In an interview earlier this week, Tyree admitted that he still hasn't fully grasped the enormity of the play, and how it forever altered his life.

"There are some aspects of it that I'm still taking in," Tyree said. "Just because it's four years later now and obviously everybody's reliving that amazing moment. So for me, more than anything, it's humbling and I just do my best and have fun with it and present it to everybody so they can enjoy it as well."

That 32-yard bomb helped set up New York's winning score in the final minute. It was Tyree's last NFL catch. Ever. After sitting out the entire 2008 season due to injury, he was cut by the Giants before the 2009 campaign, and played just 10 games for the Baltimore Ravens that fall before calling it quits.

Still just 32-years-old, Tyree now lives in Wayne, New Jersey, with his wife and six children. He stays busy with projects like Carter's Kids, a charity for underprivileged youth run by his former Giants teammate, Tim Carter. Tyree credits the catch and the fame that came with it for helping him spread his charitable efforts.

While Tyree appears to be a fairly decent guy, as a New England fan, I can't help but curse the day he was born. However, I fully appreciate the magnitude of the play, and how it will forever rank as one of the greatest catches in Super Bowl history.

Having said that, it doesn't take away from the fact that the grab was 99% luck, and Tyree would have never been able to haul it it again given the exact same circumstances an infinite amount of times. It was a one in a million play that in all likelihood cost my boys a perfect 19-0 season.

For New York fans, the latter part is all that matters.


  1. By far the luckiest catch of all-time. I STILL can't believe he held on to it.

  2. New England fans need to get over it. Tyree made the play, Rodney Harrison and the Patriots didn't. Period. Stop whining about it already.

  3. Everything that could have possibly went the Giants way that game, did. There's a big difference between winning something and lucking out.

  4. Tyree catch aside, Plaxico ran that corner route 55 times during the season. The Hoodie should've seen that one coming, man.