(WBNG Binghamton) After a 10-year career with the New York Giants, Montrose, PA native Chris Snee officially announced his retirement from the NFL on Monday.
With the Giants, Snee won two Super Bowl titles as a member of the offensive line and went to four Pro Bowls. He was a second round pick by the Giants in the 2004 NFL Draft out of Boston College.
Snee then played his entire NFL career in New York, but injury troubles derailed his comeback this season.
He was unable to participate in the team's minicamp last month. Snee had been struggling to comeback from offseason elbow surgery and was still having a difficult time after two hip surgeries in recent yeras. That went into his decision to retire after ten years in the league.
"It has been a great ten years," said Snee on Monday. "I'm thankful for all the memories and for the opportunity to come back this spring and try to improve on the memory I have from last year, but it just wasn't going to happen. I had to admit that I could no longer play and it's a sad day, but one that once I leave here, I will be at peace with.
The dream to be a professional football player all started in Montrose. On the day that dream ended, he spoke about what it meant to make it a reality.
"I am proud of where I am today," he said to Giants.com. "To come from a small town in Pennsylvania (Montrose) where nobody thought (he'd be an NFL player). When I said I wanted to play pro football at a young age, I was serious. And then when I played high school ball, I said, 'I want to be the first guy from my high school to go to a Division 1 college,' and I was able to do that. Along every step there were doubters, I'm sure that's the case with everyone, I'm not trying to make my situation unique. I've always been a guy, I like to prove people wrong. I just always have been a guy who has had high goals for myself and really never satisfied until I get them. I'm extremely proud, but also extremely sad."
He was joined by his wife and three sons at the Giants Complex on Monday. His wife, Kate, is the daughter of Giants head coach Tom Coughlin.