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Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 06/20/2011

New York Giants hero David Tyree would trade “The Catch” to stop gay marriage

On the publicly “pro” side of the issue of gay marriage rights in New York are athletes like Sean Avery of the New York Rangers and Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns. On the other side, there’s David Tyree, hero of the New York Giants’ Super Bowl XLII victory with “the catch,” who says he’d trade that moment to stop the initiative.

“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 told the New York Daily News. “There's nothing worth more than [maintaining marriage between a man and a woman] right here for me."

Does that mean he’d give up the Super Bowl victory to stop gay marriage? “Honestly, I probably would.

“Nothing means more to me than that my God would be honored,” said Tyree, who does not oppose benefits for gay couples. “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.”

Steve Tisch, co-owner of the Giants, and Tyree’s former teammate Michael Strahan both have come out in favor of gay marriage. “It doesn't bother me at all,” he said.

Tyree, who previously had said that same-sex marriage would “lead to anarchy,” retired last July.

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