EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Sept. 5 (UPI) --
The New York Giants released wide receiver David Tyree
, a former Super Bowl hero, when they reduced their regular-season roster to 53 players Saturday.
The oft-injured Tyree made a circus catch in New York's 17-14 win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.
On the game-winning drive, Tyree caught a 32-yard pass from quarterback Eli Manning over safety Rodney Harrison while cradling the football at the top of his helmet.
He also caught a 5-yard touchdown pass.
His heroics ended New England's quest to finish with a 19-0 record, the first-ever in the NFL.
This summer, he was attempting to bounce back after missing the 2008 season with knee and hamstring injuries, but a hamstring injury limited him this pre-season.
"Like anyone else, it was a tough thing for David to hear," Tyree's agent, Michael Clouser, told The (Newark, N.J.) Star-Ledger.
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