As the Giants officially say hello to more than three dozen new faces at today’s opening day of training camp, they’re also going to say goodbye to a longtime, familiar face.
Guard Chris Snee, who today would have entered his 11th training camp with the only team he has ever played professionally for, will reportedly announce his retirement this afternoon according to multiple reports.
The Giants’ second-round draft pick in 2004, who had hoped to bounce back from surgeries to both hips and his elbow, had struggled recently with the elbow, the struggles leaving him unable to finish the team’s non-contact OTA period.
Snee, who played his college ball at Boston College, is the last remaining member of the Giants’ 2007 championship offensive line.
As a quiet, yet dominating force along the Giants’ offensive line’s interior, Snee is a two-time Super Bowl Champion (2007 and 2011); a four-time Pro Bowler (2008, 2009, 2010, and 2012); and a three-time All-Pro (2008, 2009, 2010).
Before injuries started to affect him the last two seasons, Snee had been a durable rock among Eli Manning’s blockers over the years.
Snee’s departure leaves three Giants—Manning, defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka and long sapper Zak DeOssie—as the only active players from the 2007 championship team remaining on the current roster.
Stay tuned for more from today’s opening of camp.