Former New York Giants special teamer and wide receiver David Tyree helped deliver 63,000 petitions against same-sex marriage to Senate Republicans today as the caucus continues to discuss whether to bring a bill legalizing gay nuptials to the floor.
Tyree, known for the acrobatic “helmet catch” that helped the Giants win Super Bowl XLII, reiterated his tough stance against gay marriage while speaking with reporters while the GOP met behind closed doors, saying that legalizing it would infringe on religious beliefs and open a societal Pandora’s Box.
“Once you allow same-sex marriage, it opens up the door for a continued softening of the backbone of our society which will eventually, for generations to come, open the door for—who knows?—polygamy, and all other types of the sorts,” Tyree said.
Giants co-owner John Tisch and single-season sack leader Michael Strahan both have come out in favor of same-sex marriage, though Tyree said he didn’t have a problem with them supporting it.
“No, it doesn’t bother me at all,” Tyree said. “Honestly, I don’t have any problem with their push, and I understand that they have a desire to … but I just don’t agree that they should call it marriage.”
Tyree said he wasn’t worried about his strong stance tarnishing his image.
“I have no care of my image,” Tyree said. “I’m not necessarily here to be politically correct. All of my convictions come from my faith, and I speak strong for that.”
Here’s video of Tyree addressing reporters: