Athletes and sports figures everywhere, including Giants legend Michael Strahan and Giants co-owner Steve Tisch, have been coming out strongly in support of gay marriage legislation over the last few weeks.
David Tyree, one of the heroes of Super Bowl XLII, is speaking out for the other side.
In a video produced for the National Organization Marriage, Tyree warned of “anarchy” in the United States if homosexuals are allowed to legally marry. While the New York State Assembly was approving a same-sex marriage bill yesterday, the 31-year-old former Pro Bowler insisted same-sex couples couldn’t properly raise a child, and added he’s “disappointed” more people haven’t spoken up against it.
“If they pass this gay marriage bill, what I know will happen is this will be the beginning of our country sliding toward … it’s a strong word, but, anarchy,” Tyree said. “That will be the moment itself where our country loses its grip with what’s right. Marriage is one of those things that is the backbone of society. So if you redefine it, it changes the way we educate our children, it changes the perception of what is good, what is right, what is just.”
During his seven years in the NFL, Tyree was best known for “The Catch” – his one-handed, helmet-aided catch of a desperate pass from Eli Manning in the middle of the Giants’ Super Bowl-winning drive three years ago. He was cut by the Giants after the 2008 season and re-signed with them for one day in 2010 so he could retire with the team that made him famous.
Tyree had a somewhat troubled past, battling drug and alcohol addiction, but after a 2004 arrest for drug possession he famously found religion and has been a devout Christian ever since. Those beliefs clearly affect his stance on the gay marriage – an issue he appeared to blame on President Barack Obama.
“How can marriage be marriage for thousands of years and now all of a sudden because a minority – an influential minority – has a push or an agenda and totally reshapes something that was not founded in our country?” Tyree said. “It’s something that’s holy and sacred and I think there’s nothing more honorable than fighting for it.”
Tyree also doesn’t believe that same-sex couples should raise a child, insinuating they lack the parenting skills to raise children of the opposite sex.
“This is what I do know,” he said. “You can’t teach something that you don’t have. So two men will never be able to show a woman how to be a woman. That’s just, for lack of better terms, common sense.”
Tyree was reportedly inspired to tape his video message after seeing Strahan’s message last week in support of New York’s gay marriage bill. Tyree added that he’s “disappointed there’s not enough guys that would dethrone their platform and cast off their crowns to lift up something as near to God’s heart as marriage. … We’re doing God an injustice by not making his heart known to our country.”
BY: Ralph Vacchiano /New York Daily News