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David Tyree said he would trade Super Bowl win to stop gay marriage

David Tyree opposes same-sex marriage in a big way.

Andy Lyons

Former New York Giants receiver David Tyree now says he would trade his famous Super Bowl catch against the Patriots and the Super Bowl title if he could stop gay marriage.

Tyree, who presented 63,000 signatures to the New York legislature Monday against gay marriage, told the New York Daily News that he thinks there was a higher power at work in his amazing catch that helped sink the Patriots in the 2007 season Super Bowl.

"Perhaps God orchestrated that play to give me a platform for what I'm doing here today: To urge political leaders all over our nation to reject same-sex marriage," he said.

I know God can't be a Patriots fan, but I think Tyree's catch was more luck than divine intervention. But his comments are typical of religious fanatics who see some master plan in anything they do.

Asked if he'd give up the Super Bowl to stop gay marriage, Tyree said: "Honestly, I probably would."

"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."

Tyree is blowing smoke on this and it's a cheap tactic designed to show how committed he is to stopping gay marriage without really having to give anything up. Now out of football, Tyree is clearly enjoying his moment in the sun as New York readies this week for a vote on allowing gay marriage; the bill to pass it is still one vote short. He was in Albany presenting a petition with 63,000 signatures against the bill.

"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," he said.

Yawn. Let's hope New York passes the gay marriage bill this week and Tyree goes back to obscurity.