The hero of Superbowl XLII who made one of the greatest catches in NFL history joins the Giants’ front office as Director of Player Development.
On Tuesday the New York Giants named David Tyree as the team’s Director of Player Development. Tyree takes over for Charles Way, who was hired as the head of the NFL’s Player Engagement Department in early July.
“I’m overwhelmed with joy,” Tyree said in the Giants’ announcement of his hiring. “I guess you could say it’s a second homecoming… I’m grateful to be an example and hopefully represent this great organization in the same light and continue the great atmosphere and tradition of a wonderful organization with a premier culture. I’m just thrilled to get in here and serve these players.”
Tyree played for the Giants from 2003 to 2008. During Superbowl XLII he caught the first touchdown of the game and later made the legendary “Helmet Catch” on a 3rd-and-5 pass from QB Eli Manning.
During the play, Tyree leaped into the air and pinned the ball to his helmet with Safety Rodney Harrison pulling his arms for a 32-yard gain and a drive-saving 1st down. The Giants would score several plays later, leading to an upset win over the previously undefeated New England Patriots.