It’s not uncommon for former star players to earn ceremonial jobs in a franchise’s front office, but it’s not often that a player known for one amazing reception gets hired in a key front office job. Of course, David Tyree is being hired for his merits as a talent evaluator and communicator, and that’s the important thing to remember as you read tweets from some fans chiding the prudent Giants organization for hiring the former Super Bowl hero.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the New York Giants stated they have hired Tyree as their “Director of Player Development”, which is another one of those fancy titles. Maybe it’s ceremonious, maybe it’s important, but the key here is that Tyree is now a part of the front office and will be able to help mold the youth of the Giants roster. It will be interesting to see what kind of role he has in the organization, and what we do know is that working in the Giants front office is an excellent springboard for bigger opportunities, as I’m sure current Carolina Panthers GM Dave Gettleman will tell you.
Tyree spent six seasons with the Giants, winning a Super Bowl, catching a dramatic pass in that game, and he also made the Pro Bowl in 2005 as a special teams player. His final season in 2009 came with the Baltimore Ravens, but he will be remembered as a Giant. Aside from his famous catch, Tyree was a quiet, solid player who could fill in as a nice No. 3 or 4 receiver, and we’ll see if he can be the next solid player to turn into a well-known NFL front office worker.