Super Bowl hero David Tyree outspoken critic of gay marriages

David Tyree was a special teams standout for the majority of his career up until the point he made a sensational one-handed reception, pinning the ball against the side of his helmet on the game-winning drive in Super Bowl XLII.

Now, Tyree will be known for something off the football field. He’s taken a firm stance against same-sex marriages and also questioned the ability of same-sex couples to raise children, according to Ralph Vacchiano of the New York Daily News.

The New York State Assembly approved a same-sex marriage bill on Wednesday and Tyree appeared in a video produced for the National Organization for Marriage. In the video, Tyree said “anarchy” will follow if homosexuals are allowed to legally marry.

"If they pass this gay marriage bill, what I know will happen is this will be the beginning of our country sliding toward … it's a strong word, but, anarchy," Tyree said, per Vacchiano. "That will be the moment itself where our country loses its grip with what's right. Marriage is one of those things that is the backbone of society. So if you redefine it, it changes the way we educate our children, it changes the perception of what is good, what is right, what is just."

And when it comes to those couples raising children?

“This is what I do know," Tyree said. "You can't teach something that you don't have. So two men will never be able to show a woman how to be a woman. That's just, for lack of better terms, common sense."

Former teammate Michael Strahan has been outspoken in support of gay couples but Tyree is clearly on the other side of the discussion.

“How can marriage be marriage for thousands of years and now all of a sudden because a minority -- an influential minority -- has a push or an agenda and totally reshapes something that was not founded in our country?" Tyree said. "It's something that's holy and sacred and I think there's nothing more honorable than fighting for it."

Now, back to football.

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