By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning officially announced his retirement on Friday. He spent his entire playing career with the Giants.
While he played for the Giants, he was not drafted by the franchise. In the 2004 NFL Draft, he was drafted by the San Diego Chargers with the top pick in the draft.
Manning — who refused to play for the Chargers — forced his way to play for the Giants. In exchange, the Chargers received Philip Rivers — who was drafted with the fourth overall pick in the draft — along with a stockpile of draft picks.
“It’s an honor to have played here, and only here, for 16 years,” Manning said. “It’s hard to explain the satisfaction — actually the joy — I’ve experienced from being a Giant. From the very first day, I did it my way.”
John Mara, the Giants President and Chief Executive Officer, said no other player will ever wear No. 10 with the Giants.
He said this day was a day with “mixed emotions.”
“It’s sad in one sense, because we are seeing the end of a very incredible playing career and saying goodbye to someone, who is everything you hope a player could be — both on and off the field,” Mara said.
Manning went 117-117 as a starter. The last three seasons; however, 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.
“I did it my way,” Manning said. “They knew what they were getting was pure unadulterated Eli. No regrets. Won’t look in my rear view mirror. No one has loved and appreciated wearing Giants Blue more than me!”
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