Giants legend Eli Manning expected to retire

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is retiring. He will officially make it known during a press conference on Friday.

Manning — who is a free agent — said that he would not serve as a backup. He said his life was miserable being a backup this past season when 2019 first-round pick Daniel Jones took over the reins of the franchise.

Eli Manning (Getty Images)

The last few seasons have been a struggle for Manning. Once Jones was drafted, the writing was on the wall that the team was going in a different direction.

“For 16 seasons, Eli Manning defined what it is to be a New York Giant both on and off the field,” John Mara, the Giants’ president and chief executive officer said. “Eli is our only two-time Super Bowl MVP and one of the very best players in our franchise’s history. He represented our franchise as a consummate professional with dignity and accountability. It meant something to Eli to be the Giants quarterback, and it meant even more to us. We are beyond grateful for his contributions to our organization and look forward to celebrating his induction into the Giants Ring of Honor in the near future.”

He was drafted with the No. 1 overall pick by the San Diego Chargers. Instead of playing for that franchise, he forced his way out; ultimately being traded to the Giants.

Philip Rivers — the other quarterback — in the deal may also retire. For the first-time in his career, he is a free agent and relocated his family to Florida.

The Chargers also received a boat load of draft picks in the deal. While the Giants gave up, Manning guided the franchise to two Super Bowl wins, both over the New England Patriots.

Manning went 117-117 as a starter. The last three seasons as a starter, he went 9-26.

The 39-year-old played four games this season, including three starts.

He went 1-3 as a starter. His lone win came in a 36-20 win over the Miami Dolphins on Dec. 15.

In his final campaign, he went 91 of 147 for 1,042 yards. He had six touchdown passes and five interceptions.

In his career, the 2016 Walter Payton Man of the Year went 4,895 of 8,119 for 57,023 yards. Manning three 366 touchdown passes and 244 interceptions.

“We are proud to have called Eli Manning our quarterback for so many years,” Steve Tisch, Giants chairman and executive vice president said. “Eli was driven to always do what was best for the team. Eli leaves a timeless legacy with two Super Bowl titles on the field and his philanthropic work off the field, which has inspired and impacted so many people. We are sincerely thankful for everything Eli has given our team and community. He will always be a Giant among Giants.”

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