Even before the New York Giants officially announced that offensive lineman Chris Snee had retired, several of his current and former teammates hit social media channels in order to express their appreciation for him and his career. Once the announcement was made public, even more chose to speak up in praise of the two-time Super Bowl champion. It's a testament to the man and the player. Once a Giant, Always a Giant.
This one hurts...... U always have guys that come to fight with you on the gridiron but very rarely doÃ???Ã??Ã?Â¢?Ã???Ã??Ã?Â¦ http://t.co/dgEAnjwRek— Antrel Rolle (@antrelrolle26) July 21, 2014
Many more comments after the jump:
Congrats to my friend Chris Snee on an amazing career. Congrats on retiring. Multiple Super Bowls + All Pros + Pro Bowls. You are a beast.— Tyler Sash (@TSash) July 21, 2014
— Steve Smith (@SteveSmithWR) July 21, 2014
— Jay Feely (@jayfeely) July 21, 2014
“I think Chris was everything you could ever hope for in a player: toughness, integrity, and a lot of pride,” Giants president and chief executive officer John Mara said via Giants.com. “Winning mattered to him. I think he set a great example for all of the other players. He’s somebody we’re going to miss very much. He was one of the greatest offensive linemen in Giants history, and he’ll be on that Ring of Honor someday.”
“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.”
“To me, he was the best guard in all of football,” Coughlin said. “No doubt. No matter who you put him against, all of the great defensive tackles in the game, the 350 (pound) guys, the 340 guys, he blocked them. When he first came here, he was so, so committed and so driven to excel at the professional level as he had excelled at the collegiate level (at Boston College).”
“Chris has been a great Giant, on and off the field,” said team chairman Steve Tisch. “And that is the highest compliment we can pay somebody around here.”
“He called me yesterday and told me the news,” Manning said. “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.”
— Shaun O'Hara (@ShaunOHara60) July 21, 2014
Want to thank Chris Snee for being one of the best teammates and people I've ever met. The 5 years I shared the field with you were an honor
— Victor Cruz (@TeamVic) July 21, 2014
— Mark Herzlich (@MarkHerzlich) July 21, 2014
Big Snee, great job. The Giants will miss your tough play and leadership. Brother enjoy your family.
— HOWARD CROSS (@howardcross87) July 22, 2014
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