David Tyree made one of best catches in NFL history in helping the Giants win the Super Bowl two and a half years ago. But he never played for the Giants again after that game, and with teams not showing much interest in him this offseason, he admits he’s probably done playing football.
“It’s very likely I could shut it down and I won’t have any qualms about it,” Tyree said during a visit to the Giants’ organized team activities Friday. “Like I said two years ago, if everything ended with this I had to be happy. It’s been a crazy ride.”
Tyree played on special teams in 10 games for the Ravens last year, and he was chosen to the Pro Bowl for his special teams work in the 2005 season. But he says that even if an NFL team called to offer him a roster spot, he hasn’t been working out enough to be ready to play at that level now.
“A little bit but not at the high level it takes to consistently down punts a couple of times a game,” Tyree said when asked if he’s staying in shape. “I’m putting in some work but not enough to play at a Pro Bowl level, in all honesty.”
And so Tyree is ready to walk away from the game, secure in the knowledge that his catch in Super Bowl XLII ensures he’ll never be forgotten.