Fox 5’s Good Day New York filmed live at Montclair High School on Friday, February 1, as the Physical Education classes set up a pep rally to cheer the Giants to victory in Super Bowl XLII. Elementary school students were heard to say, “So, that is why we learn Roman numerals!” in anticipation of the big game this Sunday, February 3.
What makes this game special for the Mounties is David Tyree, #85, wide receiver for the Giants … and first and foremost a Mountie. He is a 1998 Montclair High School graduate, and competed under the tutelage of coach Ed Lebida. Coach Lebida is quick to relate stories about Tyree as a Mountie. He remembers, “David was not only a gifted athlete, but what set him apart from other athletes was his phenomenal work ethic. He left the field soaking wet after every practice regardless of the temperature or conditions. He is where he is today because of this work ethic.”
Coach Lebida, an Assistant Principal at Montclair High School, has been coaching football at Montclair High School since 1970, bringing nine teams to the State Championship and winning three State Championships.
After high school, Tyree went on to play for Syracuse and was selected in the 6th round 2003 NFL draft by the Giants. While a Giant, he earned a spot on the 2005 Pro-Bowl team for special teams excellence. ESPN Magazine names Tyree as one of the 50 most charitable players in the NFL.
Tyree continues to support Montclair High School by attending football practices whenever he is available, talking with student/athletes both informally and formally at the football banquet, and appearing at the high school for motivational talks. Being available to Montclair’s youth is just part of what Tyree is all about, as even the Giants have learned. “Tyree never gives up, they use him in tough situations, and they can count on him to give his all to every down,” explained Lebida.
Now it is Montclair’s time to give back. Tune your TV to Fox 5 from 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. this Friday to see how Montclair comes together for one of their own, in a sea of blue t-shirts, inscribed for the Mounties and Tyree!