The New York Giants announced in a press release Tuesday morning that David Tyree will inherit the Director of Player Development post, a duty formerly held by Charles Way from 2000-2013. Way left the organization to become the NFL’s head of Player Engagement in early July.
The recipient of Eli Manning‘s amazing escape on 3rd and 5 with 1:15 remaining in Super Bowl XLII, Tyree is undoubtedly the most shocking hero in Big Blue Super Bowl history. The “Catch-42″ will be remembered forever. With that being said, it’s no surprise to see Tyree latch on with the organization in a career after football.
The opportunity to start a new chapter with the Giants has Tyree on cloud nine — his statement from the Giants.com press release:
“I’m overwhelmed with joy,” said Tyree, who played for the Giants from 2003-08. “I guess you could say it’s a second homecoming. I’m grateful to have an experience with Charles Way, seeing his growth, his maturity as a professional. It even, to some degree, has impacted my life personally as a professional. Then having this opportunity to fill those shoes, I’m just grateful for the foundation that’s been laid, 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.”
Before injuries cut his playing days short, Tyree carved out a 5-year career as a sixth round draft choice. The first thing he’s likely to impart to the Giants new personnel: prioritize perseverance. You never know when the opportunity to become a legend will present itself…