Eli Manning and David Tyree combined to create one of the most memorable moments in NFL history two seasons ago when the underdog Giants upset the then-undefeated Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.

As the 6 p.m. ET Saturday roster cut-down deadline looms, Manning took time to discuss the frustrating summer experienced by Tyree, a player who has meant much for the QB’s career and forever will be remembered by Giants fans for his Super Bowl effort. However, Tyree could be released as the Giants trim their roster to 53 players.

“David is a guy who really conducts himself at a true professional level,” Manning said in a conference call with reporters. “He always has a great attitude. He is always in great spirits. He is great with the young receivers or all the receivers, on working with them or trying to be a good example. He practices as hard as anybody. He has been a great teammate, a great friend of mine since I have gotten here.

“Honestly, I will always have a special place in my heart, not only because of the play he made in the Super Bowl, but just the person he is and the friend he has been for me. I don’t know what is going to happen in the next day or two — it’s a tough situation — but he has been a great teammate, and we just have to see what is going to happen.”