David Tyree seemed destined for a permanent place in the annals of NFL greatness. In the last 75 seconds of Super Bowl XLII in 2008, the New York Giants' receiver caught a pass while in the air from Eli Manning by pressing the ball with one hand against his helmet, even as the New England Patriots’ Rodney Harrison hung tenaciously on him. The Giants won the championship.
As a key participant in one of the most spectacular plays in NFL lore, Tyree became an instant celebrity and began earning as much as $15,000 for personal appearances. On the field he was well positioned to become a major star. Unfortunately, he suffered a knee injury at training camp and was put on reserve. He barely got another chance to play. He retired from the NFL in 2010.