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By PFW staff

The Giants announced Friday that WRs Ike Hilliard and David Tyree each signed a one-day contract with the team in order to retire as a Giant.

Hilliard, 34, played in 98 games with 92 starts for the Giants from 1997-2004. He ranks fifth in franchise history with 368 receptions, eighth with 4,630 yards and is tied for 11th with 27 touchdowns catches. He had eight 100-yard games.

Hilliard's most productive season was 1999, when he had career-high totals of 72 receptions for 996 yards. The following year, he scored a career-best eight TDs as the Giants posted a 12-4 record and won the NFC before falling to the Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV.

He was released by New York on Feb. 25, 2005 and signed with the Buccaneers two months later. Hilliard played four seasons for the Bucs, starting 46-of-47 games and catching 178 passes with eight TDs. His final NFL season was ’08.

Hilliard is currently the wide receivers coach for the Florida Tuskers of the United Football League.
 
The Giants selected Tyree in the seventh round in the 2003 draft (211th overall) and he became one of the NFL's best special-teams players during his five seasons with the team. He had 85 special-teams tackles over that span, excelled at downing punts inside the 5-yard line, was twice named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week and in 2005, was selected as the special-teams player on both the NFC Pro Bowl team and the Pro Football Weekly/Professional Football Writers of America All-Pro team.
 
In 74 regular-season games, he had 54 receptions for 650 yards and four touchdowns. His most famous catch came in Super Bowl XLII against the Patriots and set up the last-minute, game-winning score as the Giants knocked off the then-unbeaten Pats.
 
A knee injury in the offseason following the Super Bowl required surgery and Tyree missed the entire 2008 season. He attempted a comeback in ’09, but a hamstring injury limited him in training camp. The Giants released him on Sept. 5, 2009 and he signed with the Ravens on Oct. 13. In 10 games with Baltimore, he had 10 special-teams tackles (nine solo)

 

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