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Tyree would trade his Super Bowl catch to end gay marriageYou may remember the recent comments made against the idea of gay marriage made by ex-New York Giants receiver and Super Bowl XLII hero David Tyree(notes). If not, Tyree told an anti-gay organization that the same-sex marriage bill that may be passed soon in New York would lead to "anarchy." To up the ante, he's now used his most prized football memory as hypothetical spiritual collateral.   

In a recent interview with the New York Daily News, Tyree told reporter Kenneth Lovett that if he could, he "probably would" trade the fourth-quarter catch he made as he jumped just over New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison(notes). That play extended the Giants' winning drive and proved to be the backbreaker the G-Men needed to shock the world in a 17-14 upset.

"The catch was a gift, it's not like I'd try to do it. I couldn't do it again so that was a miracle," Tyree said. "There's nothing worth more than [maintaining heterosexual marriage] right here for me." [...]

"Nothing means more to me than that my God would be honored," he said. "Being the fact that I firmly believe that God created and ordained marriage between a man and a woman, I believe that that's something that should be fought for at all costs."

"So I'll lay down everything I am to preserve the honor and integrity of the God that I serve. […]

"So once you allow something like same-sex marriage, it opens up the door for a continual softening to the backbone of our society, which will eventually, for generations to come, open up the door for who knows, polygamy, and all other" things.

To be fair, and as extreme as Tyree's opinions sound to many, it appears that he has more of an issue with the idea of people coloring outside the lines when it comes to his definition of marriage than the idea of same-sex couples cohabitating — he said in the article that he doesn't oppose benefits for such couples, though he's going to find it tough to get people on the other side of the argument to agree that same-sex couples shouldn't raise children, as he intimated in recent comments.

Of course, Tyree has a bit of a conundrum when it comes to giving up "The Catch." Without that one play, it's doubtful that Tyree, who finished his six-year NFL career with 54 regular-season catches for 650 yards and four touchdowns, would be in the public eye much at all these days.

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