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If it feels like David Tyree's helmet catch to propel the New York Giants over the New England Patriots in 2008's Super Bowl XLII happened just yesterday, it's probably because you've seen the replay of the greatest catch in Super Bowl history more times than you care to remember.
And with the Giants and Patriots set for a rematch on Sunday, Tyree is embarking on a second round of his 15 minutes of fame. That includes more endless replays of "The Catch" and a trip to Indianapolis, where he'll be doing appearances and interviews leading up to the game and may even have a cameo on NBC's Super Bowl pregame show with Bob Costas.
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Speaking earlier this week, Tyree admits he still hasn't fully grasped the enormity of that moment and how it's forever altered his life.
"There's still some aspects of it that I'm still taking in, to be honest with you," Tyree said. "Just because it's four years later now and obviously everybody's reliving that amazing moment. So for me, more than anything, it's humbling and I just do my best and have fun with it and present it to everybody so they can enjoy it as well."
While many people are still trying to comprehend how Tyree hung on to the ball, the deeply religious, born-again Christian has his explanation: Divine intervention.
Why Tyree of all people to become a Super Bowl hero?
"There's a scripture that says, 'God choses the low things of the world to put to shame the wise,'" said Tyree, paraphrasing a Bible verse. "I'm the least likely guy, the least likely candidate to make that play, to be in position to have any impact in the Super Bowl."
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And what an impact he had.
On top of a touchdown catch earlier in the game, that 32-yard bomb helped set up the Giants' winning touchdown in the final minute. Amazingly, that was Tyree's final NFL catch. Ever. After sitting out the entire 2008 season due to injury, he was cut by the Giants before the 2009 season and played just 10 games for the Baltimore Ravens that fall before calling it quits for good.
Still just 32 years old, Tyree now lives outside New York City with his wife and six children in Wayne, N.J., where he stays busy with his home-schooled kids and philanthropy projects like Carter's Kids, a charity for underprivileged youth run by Tyree's former Giants teammate, Tim Carter. Tyree credits the catch and the fame that came with it for helping him spread his charitable efforts.
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