David Tyree: A Giant For Life

Steven MerriamCorrespondent IOctober 17, 2009

GLENDALE, AZ - FEBRUARY 03:  David Tyree #85 of the New York Giants catches a 32-yard pass from Eli Manning #10 as Rodney Harrison #37 of the New England Patriots attempts to knock it out in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008 at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)

David Tyree is a name Giants fans will never forget.

But before his unbelievable Super Bowl, Tyree was virtually unknown to NFL fans outside of New York. Most fans today probably don't even remember his name, they probably just call him that guy who made the amazing catch, but Giants fans definitely do.

In Tyree's book, he talks about how he was in a sporting goods store after the Super Bowl and a woman goes up to a man working at the store and asks if they have a David Tyree jersey. The man says no. Tyree was right by them the whole time and then realized they did not know what he looked like.

Tyree came out of Syracuse University and was drafted by the Giants in the sixth round of the 2003 NFL Draft.

What many don't know is that Tyree was selected to a Pro Bowl in 2005 for his special teams play.

Before Tyree's amazing catch, he had only had four catches on the year for 35 yards and had not played in any of the Giants' postseason games.

Before the Super Bowl, Tyree probably had his worst practice ever, dropping every pass that was thrown to him.

Tom Coughlin decided to put Tyree in, despite his bad practice before the big game. I will guarantee you Coughlin never expected what happened next. Eli Manning threw a long pass to Tyree with Rodney Harrison all over him. Tyree miraculously caught the ball against his helmet and went down.

I don't know how NFL fans do not believe this is the best catch of all-time. Tyree also caught a pass to help the team take a lead late in the game.

After the Giants' win in the Super Bowl, he said God was the reason for him making that catch. It is hard not to believe him. Afterwards, Tyree went on shows like The Jimmy Kimmel Show.

After that catch, Tyree never caught a pass as a Giant again.

Even though Tyree was cut during training camp and went on to the Ravens, he will always be a Giant and will never be forgotten.