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David Tyree Football

February 5, 2012 by staff 

David Tyree Football, David Mikel Tyree (born January 3, 1980) is a retired American football wide receiver and special teams player. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at Syracuse University. Tyree has also played for the Baltimore Ravens. He earned a Pro Bowl selection in 2005 as a special teams player.

He is best known for his so called “helmet catch” in 2008 on the Giants’ final drive of Super Bowl XLII in the waning moments of the game. The catch came at a crucial moment, and was instrumental in continuing the drive that eventually resulted in the Giants scoring a last-minute touchdown and a 17-14 victory over the previously undefeated New England Patriots.

Tyree was primarily a backup for the Giants, never amassing more than 19 catches in a single season. However, he was known as an exceptional special teamer, and he earned a Pro Bowl selection in 2005 as a special teams player.

During the 2007 season, Tyree amassed 4 receptions for 35 yards with no touchdowns, however his utilization in Super Bowl XLII was perhaps his most relevant contribution.

Tyree made two key plays in Super Bowl XLII. First he caught a five-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Eli Manning, Tyree’s first of the season, that gave the Giants a 10-7 lead late in the game. Later, on a 3rd-and-5 with 1:15 remaining and trailing 14-10, Manning eluded a sack and threw 32 yards downfield toward Tyree. In Manning’s words, the ball “floated” high.

Tyree signed a 1-day contract with the New York Giants to announce his retirement from the NFL as a Giant on July 29, 2010.

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