EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York Giants have hired former receiver David Tyree as director of player development.
Tyree’s spectacular catch against his helmet was a key play in the team’s 2008 Super Bowl upset of undefeated New England. He replaces Charles Way, who became the head of the NFL’s Player Engagement Department earlier this month.
“I’m overwhelmed with joy,” Tyree said in a statement. “I guess you could say it’s a second homecoming.”
The 34-year-old Tyree played for the Giants from 2003-08. He spent the last two years working in player engagement and development at the NFL office.
“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,” Tyree said. “I’m just thrilled to get in here and serve these players.”
He will handle programs focusing on career transition, player assistance, and training and development.
Coach Tom Coughlin said Tyree will also have a role on the sidelines.
“He’ll be in all of my meetings,” Coughlin said. “He’ll be in all of our team meetings and he’ll certainly have an opportunity to contribute on the field, whether it is special teams or whatever.”
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