NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Chris Snee already has a spot reserved for him in the New York Giants’ Ring of Honor.
The two-time Super Bowl champ retired Monday after 10 seasons on New York’s offensive line. Now it’s a matter of when, not if, his name will be added alongside the franchise greats at MetLife Stadium.
“I already told him,” Giants co-owner John Mara said. “We just have to figure out a date. He’s definitely going up there.”
Mara acknowledged it’s uncommon to inform a player of that type of honor on Day 1 of retirement.
“It doesn’t happen very often, but you don’t get very many Chris Snees,” he said.
Snee was emotional during a press conference announcing his decision. And he said he’ll “be a mess again” when he’s inducted to the Ring of Honor.
“That was special,” Snee said. “That was just another class act by this organization.”
In the end, the 32-year-old guard said a series of hip, elbow and wrist issues forced him to realize he couldn’t take the grind — or help his team — anymore.
“I’m honored to be called a Giant, and will forever be so,” Snee told WFAN radio on Monday. “This was a decision I had to make.”
He was drafted in the second round in 2004, coming into the league at the same time as Giants quarterback Eli Manning. That was Tom Coughlin’s first season as Giants coach, too. Coughlin would also come to know Snee as his son-in-law.
Snee played only three games in 2013 after starting 138 in his first nine seasons. The four-time Pro Bowler was the last active member of the Super Bowl XLII starting offensive line that included Shaun O’Hara, Kareem McKenzie, Rich Seubert and David Diehl.
“To all the Giants fans out there, thank you very much,” Snee said on WFAN. “It’s been an honor.”
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