There was a familiar figure hanging out at the last OTA in sweats and sneakers. None other than David Tyree, former Giants special teams wiz who authored the ball-to-head catch everyone will always remember from the team's Super Bowl XLV victory over the Patriots.
Tyree has joined the ranks of the unemployed after serving a year with Baltimore. He said he's heard from a couple of teams, but nothing substantive has come out of any talks. And to tell you the truth, the way he was talking Friday, it seemed as though Tyree was ready to follow in the retirement footsteps of the guy whose punts he so often downed near the goal line, Jeff Feagles.
"I don't have my heart set on anything," said Tyree, who welcomed a new son, Solomon, into the world the previous Sunday. "I'm just enjoying being a fulltime dad and husband."
Tyree insisted his appearance at the OTA was not a job-hunting exercise, but rather a chance to meet up with some familiar old faces. One of those faces, of course, was not there. Receiver Plaxico Burress remains jailed for carrying and discharging an illegal firearm. But he wasn't far from Tyree's mind.
Never was. When Tyree arrived in Baltimore last year, he asked for and received No. 17, as much a reminder about how he straightened out his own life after cops picked him up on a marijuana charge in his early Giants career than a tribute to his friend.
"I'm an example of somebody who could be right there with him," Tyree said. "You never know."
Now, he appears ready to sail into the rest of his life.
"I'm working out, but not to the level I'm supposed to," Tyree said. "It's hard to continue to play and condition yourself at a pro level.
"I'm not officially done, but I'm not one of those guys who's going to come in for a tryout. And at the end of the day, I'm a Giant. When I decide to retire, I'll let the world know I'm a Giant."
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