David Tyree

David Tyree

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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 helmet catch on the Giants' final drive of 2008 Super Bowl XLII in the last few minutes of the fourth quarter, that was instrumental to the Giants' final-minute touchdown and a 17–14 victory over the previously undefeated New England Patriots. During the play, Eli Manning avoided being sacked and threw a deep pass over the middle of the field which Tyree caught and pinned to the top of his helmet during his jump. He managed to keep control of the ball on his way to the ground while being tackled by safety Rodney Harrison.

Early years

Born in Livingston, New Jersey, Tyree grew up in a one-bedroom house in Montclair, New Jersey with his mother and two older sisters after his parents divorced.Dillon, Dennis. , Sporting News, June 19, 2008. Accessed February 24, 2011. "Born in Livingston, N.J., Tyree had something of a hardscrabble life. He was 1 when his parents, Jesse and Thelma, divorced. When he was 10, Thelma moved Tyree and his two older sisters to Montclair, where they lived in a one-bedroom house. Thelma slept in the bedroom, David had the living room and his sisters took the...
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