David Tyree is an Idiot

The former New York Giant would rather have lost the Super Bowl than legalize gay marriage

Hailed for his Super Bowl-clinching catch in 2007 that helped defeat the New England Patriots, former New York Giant David Tyree isn’t receiving any cheers from us over what he has to say about gay people.

The NFL hero recently took part in an anti-gay marriage protest in New York where the state is debating the fate of same-sex nuptials. As the new NOM (National Organization for Marriage) spokesperson, Tyree says he would have rather lost the Super Bowl than allow gay marriage to be legalized (Tyree, by the way, lives in New Jersey where civil unions are already legal).

“Nothing means more to me than that my God would be honored,” says the former wide receiver in a new video message (below). “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 at all costs. So I’ll lay down everything I am to preserve the honor and integrity of the God that I serve.”

Tyree is using his fame to petition political leaders to defeat marriage equality in New York and elsewhere:

“Perhaps God orchestrated that place 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.”

Meanwhile, Giant’s co-owner Steve Tisch and teammate Michael Strahan have both come out in support of gay marriage. And several other professional sports teams have even created their own “It Gets Better” videos.

But Tyree says gay marriage would lead to “anarchy” and that same-sex couples should even rethink parenting rights. His logic? Two men know nothing about teaching a girl to be a woman. That must not bode very well for all the single parents out there raising children on their own (Tyree himself is a child of divorce).

“It’s about what’s right,” he says. “It’s about 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, not founded by man, it is something that is holy and sacred. I think there is nothing more honorable, worth fighting for, especially if we really care for our future generations.”

Funny, we’re pretty sure the folks at City Hall might argue that the laws governing marriage were actually created by man. And it’s man who also amended laws related to marriage over the years – like allowing interracial couples to wed and determining age of consent. We’re thankful for that in the same way we’ll be thankful when gay and lesbian people have the same rights as this guy.

While not everyone can win a Super Bowl, everyone should be entitled to marry the person they love. We can think of nothing more honorable than that.