Re: Happy Birthday David Tyree
posted at 1/3/2014 3:53 PM EST
In response to TrueChamp's comment:
Another birthday is probably a bitter memory for the man who sold his soul to satan all for 1 catch.
No , literally his family had to perform an exorcism on the poor guy.
Thinking back to the most troubled time in a life filled with troubled times, David Tyree recalls a moment darker than any other.
“Somebody asked me what my name was and I told them, ‘the devil,’ ” Tyree said on ESPN’s “E:60,” which airs on Tuesday. “I can’t make this up. There’s no benefit in me telling the world that basically I was demon-possessed. In my right mind I’m not going to tell anybody I’m the devil.”
Tyree reveals much in a telling and chilling interview, which coincides with the release of his book, “More Than Just the Catch,” written by Tyree and Kimberly Daniels. Tyree details a life filled with drinking, drugs and a descent into mental imbalance before he describes how he turned his life over to God.
As the most unlikely hero of all, Tyree caught a touchdown pass in Super Bowl XLII then made the now-famous catch off the side of his helmet after a desperate scramble by Eli Manning in what is considered the greatest play in Super Bowl history. The incredible grab paved the way for the Giants’ 17-14 upset victory over the Patriots.
Digging into his past, Tyree recalls his traditional postgame ritual growing up in Montclair, N.J.
“After every game I would have a 40-ounce of malt liquor, and then I would uh, have a blunt, which is like a cigar gutted with, you know, with marijuana in it,” Tyree said. “Then I would have half a pint of Jack Daniels.”
That lifestyle followed him to Syracuse University and into the NFL with the Giants, where his lowest moment came when he was pulled over on the George Washington Bridge with a half-pound of marijuana he was planning to sell, landing him in jail.
“That was kind of the first time I actually had a real conversation with God,” Tyree said. “I just cried . . . ‘God I need you, and if you don’t mind, allow me to keep my job.’ ”
Before he turned his life around, Tyree first had to undergo another ordeal. He said he began hearing voices and believed Satan took possession of his soul.
“I remember actually slithering off the couch, you know, stuff that you would pretty much see in movies,” Tyree said. “It was almost like a modern day exorcist without, you know without the green face. . . . Everybody wants to believe in God and heaven and be happy and rejoice, well I’ve been exposed to the darker side of Christianity and spiritual things in general.”
Yeah. Sure. Great if you can ignore the fact that three Giants were holding two Patriots on the play.