How can it not be? The greatest single play in New York Giants' history, quite possibly in Super Bowl history. How can I give this award to Del Shofner, who was a far superior player statistically? Can't do it.
Tyree is the most important, memorable 85 in New York Giants' history. Thank you, David, for a memory that will last a lifetime.
I really don't care about the fact that Tyree made only 54 regular-season catches in six seasons. I really don't care that he was, for the most part, known only as a special-teams standout.
I care about the Helmet Catch. I care about the play that ultimately doomed the unbeaten New England Patriots in Super Bowl 42. Make a play like that, the number gets reserved for you when posts like this are written.
Apologies to Shofner, a five-time Pro Bowler and five-time All-Pro, three of those while with the Giants from 1961-67. You were the best player to ever wear this number for the Giants, with 239 receptions and more than 4,000 receiving yards.
Unfortunately for you, and fortunately for us Giants' fans, you are not the most important Giant to ever wear the number. That honor goes to Tyree.