Super Bowl Hero Makes Comeback

He came up big on the world's biggest stage, snatching the ball out of the air and sticking it to his helmet with one hand as he crashed to the ground with the other. David Tyree hopes that he'll have another chance to repeat that performance, but it's been a struggle just to get on the field since then. Baltimore is giving him another shot.

A team-first attitude has helped land David Tyree a job 20 months after his moment of glory.

Whether his approach rubs off on all of his new Baltimore teammates remains to be seen.

The Ravens will ask Tyree to play on special teams in place of Brendon Ayanbadejo, who is out for the season due to a torn left quadriceps tendon. Tyree has performed capably on special teams before, but it's a role far removed from his most memorable moment.

Late in Super Bowl XLII, Tyree, then a reserve Giants reserve, made a spectacular catch when he trapped an Eli Manning pass against his helmet. A few plays later, the Giants scored the winning touchdown.


New York Giants WR David Tyree catches a pass while New England Patriots S Rodney Harrison defends Feb. 3, 2008

Tyree missed all of last season due to a knee injury, and he'd been looking for work until Tuesday.

"I think he'll be a good fit on our team and in our locker room with the way he plays, and our guys will appreciate having him around," Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said.

Another member of the Ravens receiving corps isn't always so agreeable. Asked why he didn't have a reception in Sunday's loss to the Bengals, Derrick Mason said, "Ask our offensive coordinator because I couldn't tell you. I'm just running routes."

That's not an unusual response for a player who wants more action, but not all big-name performers react that way.

Take Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson, for example. He had only one catch for 1 yard Sunday in a win over Tampa Bay, but he wasn't complaining. With the Buccaneers keying on Jackson, Philadelphia's Jeremy Maclin had six receptions for 142 yards and two touchdowns.

"We won the game, and that's all that matters," Jackson said. "You're going to have great games and games where you don't do too much."

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson isn't worried about the fact that he hasn't cracked 100 yards in any of the past four games. Minnesota has won each time to improve to 5-0.

"I've said all along, if I go into a game and we come out with 60 or 80 yards rushing as a group and we get a 'W,' I'm excited, I'm happy," Peterson said. "That's what it's all about."

 

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