New York Giants QB Eli Manning Retires from the NFL

New York Giants legend Eli Manning announced his retirement from the NFL on Friday morning at a press conference at the Quest Diagnostics Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Manning wasn’t the greatest quarterback to play in the NFL, but he was definitely the greatest quarterback to ever play for the New York Giants.

Eli Manning was a two time Super Bowl Champion and two time Super Bowl MVP. Manning retires at the age of 39 years old. He is the first of three quarterbacks that were drafted in the first round of the 2004 draft to retire. Philip Rivers of the Los Angeles Chargers might be next and so will Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Eli Manning’s career record as a starting quarterback was 117-117. He completed 4895-of-8119 (60.3 completion percentage) of his passes for 57,023 yards 366 touchdowns and 244 interceptions.

He also rushed for 567 yards on 315 carries and seven touchdowns in his illustrious career.

Manning’s postseason record was 8-4. He was 7-2 as an underdog. Eli Manning completed 242-of-400 passes (60.5 completion percentage) of his passes for 2,815 yards 18 touchdowns and nine interceptions.

He also rushed for 45 yards on 20 carries in the postseason as well.

There were some current and former New York Giants players at the press conference like Plaxico Burress, Daniel Jones, Tom Coughlin, Shaun O’Hara, David Diehl, Phil Simms, Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram, and a bunch of others.

Speaking of Daniel Jones, Eli Manning said, “Daniel Jones loves the game of football, he’s passionate, and I think he’s got a bright future ahead of him.”

Owner John Mara said that Manning will go into the Ring of Honor this season and no one will ever wear the number 10 again.

Eli Manning also had a special message to the fan base. He said, “You are definitely unique, but I love you for that. I walk away as a New Yorker.”

Manning was also graceful and classy about playing for the New York Giants. He led by example on and off the field. Eli Manning would always be there for himself, his family, his coaches, and his teammates.

Manning also said in his press conference that Wellington Mara once said, “Once a Giant, always a Giant.”

For him, it was, however, “For me, it’s ONLY A GIANT.”

Eli Manning also had a very strong reputation for being clutch in the postseason.

“I was never scared to make a mistake,” he said. “I only think about how awesome it’s going to be when we score.”

This is the end of an era for Eli Manning and the New York Giants. Daniel Jones started 12 games last season for New York. He was the sixth overall pick out of Duke University and Jones will be in good hands with the franchise moving forward.

As of right now, no one can match Eli Manning as the best quarterback in franchise history but Daniel Jones could. Manning was way better than Phil Simms ever was.

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It will be interesting to see what move Manning makes next. Eli Manning should be praised today and not criticized. He started 210 consecutive games in the regular season and 12 postseason games in total before being benched on November 23, 2017, in favor of Geno Smith. Manning made his first career start on 11/21/2004 against the Atlanta Falcons.

Philip Rivers of the Los Angeles Chargers currently has the record of 224 consecutive starts and 11 postseason games in total and he has started in games since 9/11/2016.

Brett Favre currently holds the record of consecutive starts with 297 in the regular season and 24 in the postseason. He started games on 9/27/1992 and it ended on 12/5/2010. Favre played with the Green Bay Packers, the Minnesota Vikings, and the New York Jets.

Eli Manning will not be a first-ballot hall of famer, but he will be in Canton someday and current and former teammates are currently having his back.

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