EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Eli Manning took home the MVP. Plaxico Burress had the game-winning catch. David Tyree got the biggest prize in the 2008 Super Bowl — an unforgettable moment that forever will be his.
No play in the New York Giants’ 17-14 victory over the New England Patriots has been shown more than Tyree’s fourth-quarter catch of a ball against his helmet with defender Rodney Harrison draped over him.
It led to Manning’s last-minute touchdown pass to Burress and changed Tyree’s life.
The New Jersey native became a hero in the New York metropolitan area, earned up to $15,000 per appearance fees, made numerous television and radio appearances, wrote a book and even met people with whom he would later work.