Catching up with Super Bowl hero David Tyree
Super Bowl XLII hero David Tyree was named Giants Director of Player Development in 2014
David Tyree, who made one of the greatest catches in NFL history to help propel the Giants to victory in Super Bowl XLII, returned to the organization in July, 2014 as its new Director of Player Development.
Tyree, 34, replaced Charles Way, who earlier that month was named the head of the NFL’s Player Engagement Department. Way, a Giants fullback from 1995-99, had headed the team’s player development efforts since 2000.
“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.”
Tyree spent the previous two years working in player engagement and development in the NFL office.
“We are pleased to have David back in the building as the new leader of our Player Development Department,” general manager Jerry Reese said. “We interviewed four outstanding candidates to replace Charles but at the end of the day David was a perfect and natural fit.”
Coach Tom Coughlin also welcomed back Tyree.
“Player engagement has become extremely important in any franchise,” 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.”