Eli Manning Officially Retires From NFL: 'Once A Giant, Always A Giant'

Peter Haskell
January 24, 2020 - 1:48 pm
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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (WCBS 880) — After 16 years as the New York Giants’ quarterback, Eli Manning officially retired from professional football on Friday.

The two-time Super Bowl winner held a press conference in East Rutherford, New Jersey to formally announce the decision at the Giants training facility.

“Once a Giant, always a Giant,” Manning told reporters. “And for me, it is only a Giant.”

As WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported, it’s rare to find a player as loyal to a team as Giants fans are – but Manning might be one of them.

“It’s rare to have the privileged of playing an entire career with one organization. I’m proud to be one of the few – but even more so, that it was as a Giant,” the 39-year-old said.

Manning was drafted to the NFL in 2004 by the San Diego Chargers and traded to the New York Giants on draft day. He then went on to lead the team to a Super Bowl victory in 2007, against the then-undefeated New England Patriots.

The quarterback led the team to a second Super Bowl victory against the Patriots again in 2011.

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Manning says he takes pride in those wins but prides himself more on how he steered his teammates.

“If I tried to be a ‘rah rah’ or yelling at people it wouldn't be natural, it would be awkward. It would be fake and that would be sniffed out and come back to haunt me, I think,” he said.

In his career, Manning had 234 starts, two Super Bowl championships and Most Valuable Player awards, over 57,000 yards passed, 366 touchdowns and never missed a game due to an injury.

He believes he could still play football, but has decided to leave anyway.

“I don’t have a single regret,” Manning said at the closing of his career.

The Giants plan to retire his number 10.