by Aaron Wilson
July 22, 02014
Known for his famous leaping catch in a Super Bowl XLII victory over the New England Patriots, David Tyree has been hired as the New York Giants' director of player development.
Tyree, 34, replaces Charles Way after he became the head of the NFL player engagement department.
“I’m overwhelmed with joy,” Tyree said. “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.”
Tyree was a former Pro Bowl special-teams ace for the Giants.
“Player engagement has become extremely important in any franchise,” Giants coach Tom Coughlin said. “It is the working relationship with the players to aid them in their continuing education, their development as young men, the opportunities in the business world and in networking in the city that they happen to be playing in. It is there to help instruct them, make them aware of the issues and the problems that exist out in the community and the world to try to keep them focused on their job and not fall into trouble.
“The person in that position has to wear many, many hats. David Tyree has worked in the league office for two years, he’s been involved in player devolvement and engagement. He is a local guy from Montclair, New Jersey. He was a Pro Bowl player for the New York Giants. He made one of the greatest catches in the history of the Super Bowl, maybe the greatest individual play in the history of the Super Bowl. He was educated at a great university (Coughlin, like Tyree, is a graduate of Syracuse). His ability to function on many, many levels is extremely attractive. Anyone who’s ever spent time with him or heard him speak publicly knows the quality of his work. We thought he was the best guy for the job.”
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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun