Montrose to Boston College, the New York Giants for 11 seasons, 2 Super Bowl Championships, Pro-Bowler, All-Pro...one of the absolute best.— Eastern Athletics (@EASagency) July 21, 2014
“He called me yesterday and told me the news,” Eli Manning said via Giants.com. “I kind of knew there was a possibility with everything going on with his health. I’m obviously disappointed just because we’ve had a long run together. We came in the same year, were roommates for home games and away games that first year. We’ve won a lot of games and been through a lot together and been great pals, so I told him I’d miss him. He was the last one from our original class that came in together, but he’s got to do what’s best for him. I think he made a decision kind of based on how he’s feeling and also based on what’s best for the Giants. He’s a true team player and just didn’t think he was going to be able to help and wanted to put us in a situation where we kind of knew that early on. We’re going to definitely miss his leadership and his presence around the locker room, around the team, but we’ll still be great friends.”
Snee, originally a second-round pick of the Giants in the 2004 NFL Draft, was part of what many consider to be one of the greatest offensive lines in team history alongside David Diehl, Shaun O'Hara, Rich Seubert and Kareem McKenzie. He was also one of only four remaining players from the 2007 championship team (Eli Manning, Zak DeOssie and Mathias Kiwanuka the others).
The 10-year veteran retires having started all 141 games in which he played, been named to Pro Bowl four times (2008, 2009, 2010, 2012), an All-Pro Team three time (2008, 2009, 2010) and, of course, winning two Super Bowl titles (2007, 2011).
“Chris is a pro’s pro,” general manager Jerry Reese said. “He played the game right. He was as tough and prideful as they come. We will miss him.”
Snee had hoped to play in 2014, saying early on this offseason that he felt 100%, but after experiencing some inflammation in his elbow following an earlier surgery, Snee was faced with the reality that his body could just no longer handle the grind of a full NFL season. And knowing how important it was to the Giants to have a decision made early, he opted not to wait any longer, retiring as the team arrived for the start of training camp.
We wish Snee well in any and all his future endeavors. There are two titles that would have never been won without him and for that, we are forever grateful.
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