I can still remember the sensations—the tingly feeling in my feet as the blood rushed to my heart, the taste of the stale Glendale air as I breathed deeply, and the sight of the blinding myriad of colors that surrounded me as I stood in University of Phoenix Stadium on Feb. 3, 2008.
It was 3rd-and-5 from the Giants' 44-yard line; there was a minute and 15 seconds remaining.
Though it seems cliché, the play itself embodied everything that the 2007 New York Giants were.
Within the play, there were moments of doubt, weakness, and failure—but when all was said and done, determination, resolve, and perseverance reigned supreme.
The 2007 New York Giants are my favorite team for so many reasons, not the least of which are all the incredible traits they embodied.
The primary reason that the 2007 Giants are my favorite team of all time is that their journey as a team paralleled mine as a fan.
In April of 2004, I attended the Giants’ draft day party at Giants Stadium. The day itself proved to be one of the most significant in Giants history, as they traded for Eli Manning.
From the moment that Eli came over from Radio City Music Hall to Giants Stadium, I knew that my fanhood would largely be defined by his success. As a fan, I was forever linked to Eli Manning. I cringed at every interception while rejoicing at every touchdown.
The following spring, I encountered David Tyree for the first time. After hearing his amazing story, I just knew that Tyree was a special individual. Meeting him affirmed my notions, and by the spring of 2005, I had formed a special appreciation for both David Tyree as well as Eli Manning.
In 2007, the tale of these two legendary Giants came full circle, as Manning and Tyree teamed up to carry out the most significant play in Giants history en route to defeating the previously unbeaten New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.
Though Tyree and Manning were the leaders of such an incredible triumph, players like Justin Tuck, Michael Strahan, Osi Umenyiora, Corey Webster, Domenik Hixon, and Brandon Jacobs all had incredible stories that were completed with a victory in Super Bowl XLII.
As fans, each and every one of us hold certain players in high regards, and that is a fact that none of us can ever shake. Every fan will remember the game, the event, or the championship run that completed the story of some of their favorite players.
As a fan, my path is one which will forever be parallel to Manning and Tyree’s, and there will forever be the landmark upon that path that is Super Bowl XLII. The careers of Eli Manning and David Tyree and the tale of the 2007 Giants, as well as my fanhood, will forever be defined by the moment that was "Manning to Tyree."