Hilliard, Tyree retire

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Former New York Giants receivers Ike Hilliard and David Tyree each signed contracts this week to retire as members of the organization.

Hilliard played in 98 games, starting 92, during his career with the Giants from 1997-2004. He then signed with Tampa Bay and played his final four NFL seasons with the Buccaneers.

Tyree spent most of his tenure with the Giants as a special teams standout, but will always be remembered for making the acrobatic catch in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLII against New England that led to the winning score in a 17-14 victory over the previously-unbeaten Patriots.

"I know it means a lot more to me now...and I don't think that I had the full understanding of the true depth of what occurred and I think that the more I am removed from it the more I appreciate it," Tyree said of the 32-yard reception, a catch he made with the ball lodged against his helmet while falling to the ground on 3rd-and-4.

Tyree never played another game for the Giants after the Super Bowl. He spent five years with the club from 2003 through 2007, earning a Pro Bowl nod as a special teams player in 2005, but missed the entire 2008 campaign with an injury and the Giants released him in September of 2009.

Baltimore signed Tyree last October and he played 10 games with the Ravens, mostly on special teams.

Hilliard was the seventh overall pick of the 1997 draft and ranks fifth in Giants history with 368 receptions. He is also eighth in club annals with 4,630 yards and tied for 11th with 27 touchdown catches.

"Being a Giant was obviously more special to me than anything in my professional career, with no disrespect to my four years in Tampa," said Hilliard.

Hilliard, who helped the Giants reach the Super Bowl after the 2000 season, is currently the receivers coach with the United Football League's Florida Tuskers.


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