John Fennelly, Lead WriterThe retirement of Chris Snee at age 32 today closed a gilded chapter in the long history of the New York Football Giants. He was the last member of the vaunted offensive line that set an NFL record with 38 consecutive starts from 2006-10.
Snee, Shaun O’Hara, Kareem McKenzie, Rich Seubert and David Diehl were a tough, durable bunch that helped the Giants become champions in 2007. Snee, McKenzie and Diehl were around for a second Super Bowl in 2011. They have their place in NFL history, as well as in Giant lore.
But it will be Snee, the only Giant lineman to be named to the Pro Bowl four times in the post-merger era, that will see his name go up in the Giants’ Ring of Honor. In fact, Snee is one of only four Giants’ linemen to be named to the Pro Bowl four times.
NFL Hall of Fame offensive tackle Roosevelt Brown was named to the Pro Bowl nine times between 1955-65. Mel Hein, another HOFer who played center and LB, received the honor four times in the late ’30s and early 40s.
Ray Wietecha, also a center, was a Pro Bowler four times between 1958-62. Snee is the only pure Giant guard to be honored as many as four times. Many agree Snee is surely one of the franchise’s top ten – if not higher – offensive linemen of all time.
“I think Chris was everything you could ever hope for in a player: toughness, integrity, and a lot of pride,” Giants president and CEO John Mara said today. “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 has been a great Giant, on and off the field,” said Giants’ chairman Steve Tisch. “And that is the highest compliment we can pay somebody around here.”
“Chris is a pro’s pro,” said GM Jerry Reese. “He played the game right. He was as tough and prideful as they come. We will miss him.”
So will we.