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Super Bowl hero David Tyree cut by New York Giants

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TOM CANAVAN | September 5, 2009 04:54 PM EST | AP

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — David Tyree has gone from Super Bowl hero to a receiver out of a job.

He was released by the New York Giants in a move confirmed Saturday by his agents, Mark and Michael Clouser.

Tyree missed last season after failing to come all the way back from offseason knee surgery. The 29-year-old wide receiver battled minor groin, hamstring and knee injuries in training camp this year and played in only two preseason games, missing the last two.

"My experience here has been nothing short of a dream and obviously to be placed in the team history and sports history, where do you go from here?" Tyree said earlier in the week when asked about his six years with the Giants. "At the same time, my love for this game has not died out yet and I really feel like I still have something great to add on to my career, legacy or whatever word you want to put after that."

A sixth-round draft pick out of Syracuse, Tyree only had 54 catches for 650 yards and four touchdowns with New York. His biggest contributions always came on special teams, which earned him a Pro Bowl berth in 2005.

Eli Manning called Tyree a true professional.

"He has been a great teammate, a great friend of mine since I have gotten here," Manning said Friday. "Honestly, I will always have a special place in my heart, not only because of the play he made in the Super Bowl, but just the person he is and the friend he has been for me."

Tyree made one of the most remarkable catches in Super Bowl history some 19 months ago when the Giants defeated the previously unbeaten New England Patriots.

With the Giants trailing 14-10 late in the fourth quarter, Tyree hauled in a 32-yard pass from Manning, pinning the ball against his helmet as defender Rodney Harrison yanked him to the ground. The play set up Manning's winning touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress.

Tyree also caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Manning earlier in the game, which was his first touchdown catch of the season. Coming into the Super Bowl, he had caught four passes all season.