Giants director of player development and former WR David Tyree recalled his famous catch with its 10-year anniversary coming this February.
Tyree, along with many former Giants, attended former head coach Tom Coughlin's Jay Fund Champions for Children dinner at Cipriani in New York City. The 37-year-old continues to hear about his great catch, and he believes that it has created a standard for the best catches of all time.
"If it's not the best, it's certainly the standard," Tyree told NY Daily News' Pat Leonard.
Tyree's catch was rivaled this past February when Patriots WR Julian Edelman made a terrific grab to set up the team's game-tying drive in the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history. Of all the catches that get compared to Tyree's, that one is the closest in his mind.
"I'll say this: Of all the catches that have kind of come along since my catch 10 years ago, Edelman's was -- I feel personally -- that was the only one that was comparable," he said. "No one has ever heard me say I made the greatest catch in Super Bowl history. I let other people do that. (But) every time a great catch comes along -- this is my one claim to fame, if you want to call it that -- they don't really compare it to anybody else's catch; they compare it to the helmet catch. That's the standard."
The famous helmet that Tyree wore that night in 2008 is on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Though he never expected it to happen, he is now techincally in the Hall.
"I remember somebody actually said, 'David, you're gonna be in the Hall of Fame,' and I knew where I was in my career, as a special teams player and a role player," Tyree said. "I was like, 'OK. A lot has got to happen and change in my career for that to happen (laughs). But when they asked for the helmet in the Hall of Fame, I was like, I'm in the Hall of Fame.'"
The man who threw him the ball, QB Eli Manning, recalled his elusive getaway from the Patriots defenders and the toss-up to Tyree.
"I saw a white jersey in the middle of the field. I was looking down the field just for somebody," Manning said. "I saw David and we were just kind of running out time... thought I'd put it up for him and give him a chance where hopefully he could catch it."
It was a tough year for Tyree from the beginning, and even before the game when he notoriously had an awful practice that Friday before the big game. However, that catch and the eventual win by the Giants still rings true today ten years later.
"For me personally, I'm a father raising seven children, I've got 75 other children at the facility in my job, and I think there's some moments when it can hit home," Tyree said. "(There's) the resolve, the need to have belief, inner belief but also in things outside of yourself -- for me it was God. Having a foundation, overcoming adversity, losing my mom, starting the season not knowing whether I was gonna be on the roster. All of those things, it makes for the whole story no just for me individually but for the mantra of our team, what we had to over come to be champions."
Tyree and the rest of those champions will be honored at halftime during the Giants' home opener against the Lions for its 10-year anniversary since the Super Bowl XLII victory.