by Aaron Wilson
July 21, 02014
New York Giants veteran offensive lineman Chris Snee announced his retirement.
He was a four-time Pro Bowl selection.
Snee has struggled with hip and elbow injuries recently.
“I am proud of where I am today,” Snee said. “To come from a small town in Pennsylvania (Montrose) where nobody thought (he’d be an NFL player). When I said I wanted to play pro football at a young age, I was serious. And then when I played high school ball, I said, ‘I want to be the first guy from my high school to go to a Division 1 college,’ and I was able to do that.
"Along every step there were doubters, I’m sure that’s the case with everyone, I’m not trying to make my situation unique. I’ve always been a guy, I like to prove people wrong. I just always have been a guy who has had high goals for myself and really never satisfied until I get them. I’m extremely proud, but also extremely sad.”
"I think Chris was everything you could ever hope for in a player: toughness, integrity, and a lot of pride,” Giants owner John Mara said. “Winning mattered to him. I think he set a great example for all of the other players. He’s somebody we’re going to miss very much. He was one of the greatest offensive linemen in Giants history, and he’ll be on that Ring of Honor someday.”
Added general manager Jerry Reese: “Chris is a pro’s pro. He played the game right. He was as tough and prideful as they come. We will miss him.”
Snee is the son-in-law of Giants coach Tom Coughlin.
“To me, he was the best guard in all of football,” Coughlin said. “No doubt. No matter who you put him against, all of the great defensive tackles in the game, the 350 (pound) guys, the 340 guys, he blocked them. When he first came here, he was so, so committed and so driven to excel at the professional level as he had excelled at the collegiate level."
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