East Rutherford, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Long-time New York Giants offensive lineman Chris Snee announced his retirement on Monday.
Snee played 10 seasons in the NFL, all with the Giants, appearing in 141 games and winning two Super Bowl titles. He was selected in the second round of the 2004 draft out of Boston College.
"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. "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."
After missing the final 13 games of the 2013 season due to a torn labrum in his right hip, the 32-year-old had offseason elbow surgery.
"Chris is a pro's pro," Giants general manager Jerry Reese said. "He played the game right. He was as tough and prideful as they come. We will miss him."
Snee, who is Giants coach Tom Coughlin's son-in-law, is a four-time Pro Bowl selection.
"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)."
Snee's retirement leaves just Eli Manning, Zak DeOssie and Mathias Kiwanuka as the only three Giants with rings from each of their last two Super Bowls. Manning is now the longest-tenured Giant, entering his 11th season.