NFL: 25 Most Surprising Pro Bowl Picks This Century: 1. 2006 David Tyree
This one is incredibly surprising. David Tyree is a name almost every football fan knows. He is a star because of his fame and not because of his production. He is the receiver of one of the most famous plays in the history of the league. The Helmet Catch against the then-undefeated New England Patriots helped lead the Giants to the biggest upset in NFL history.
Before that catch was even a thought, David Tyree was already a Pro Bowl player. He made the team for the New York Giants after the 2005 season, two years before the Helmet Catch. He didn’t make it as a receiver, obviously. He caught five passes that year. Tyree only had 52 yards from scrimmage. He made it as a special teams player.
Tyree wasn’t even a returner. He was a tackler. Koren Robinson was named the special teams player on the team. What a strange career for Tyree, but he is riding the fame from here until forever. He probably signed a picture of that catch a million times at this point.
Tyree never caught another pass after the helmet catch. He missed the entire season for the Giants in 2008, and he was mostly a special teams player for the Baltimore Ravens in 2009. He lives on forever for that Helmet Catch, but he also gets to call himself a Pro Bowl player for his life as well.