NEW YORK (WFAN) — David Tyree hauled in one of the greatest catches in Super Bowl — if not NFL — history.
In 2008, The Giants shocked the world by beating the 18-0 Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, thanks to Tyree’s tremendous late-game helmet-catch. But he’d take it all back to put the kibosh on same-sex marriage.
“The catch was a gift, it’s not like I’d try to do it,” he told the New York Daily News on Monday. “There’s nothing worth more than [one man-one woman marriage] right here for me.”
When asked directly if he’d trade the Giants’ title to stop gay marriage, Tyree replied: “Honestly, I probably would.”
Last week, Tyree, a Montclair High School and Syracuse University alum, spoke out against same-sex marriage and warned of “anarchy” if the measure is approved.
“What I know will happen if this does come forth is this will be the beginning of our country sliding toward, it is a strong word, but anarchy,” Tyree said in a video produced by the National Organization for Marriage. “The moment we have, if you trace back even to other cultures, other countries, that will be the moment where our society in itself loses its grip with what’s right.”
Tyree stood by his stance on the hot-button issue on Monday. New York lawmakers are currently scrambling to decide the fate of the Marriage Equality Act in Albany.
“Being the fact that I firmly believe that God created and ordained marriage between a man and a woman, I believe that that’s something that should be fought for at all costs,” he told the paper. “So I’ll lay down everything I am to preserve the honor and integrity of the God that I serve.”
Rangers agitator Sean Avery was the first NYC sports celebrity to voice his support for same-sex marriage in a video released in May by the Human Rights Campaign. Giants chairman Steve Tisch and former Big Blue pass rusher Michael Strahan have since filmed spots for the HRC.
“I have no care of my image,” Tyree said. “I’m not necessarily here to be politically correct. All of my convictions come from my faith. I speak strong for that.”
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