New York Giants two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning will never wear another NFL uniform. According to the Giants, Manning will announce his retirement Friday, Jan. 24.
Manning’s tenure with the Giants appeared to end two weeks into the 2019 season when he was benched in favor of Daniel Jones, but he returned to the field in December after Big Blue’s rookie quarterback suffered an ankle injury.
Sunday Dec. 15, Manning led the Giants to a victory over the Miami Dolphins and walked off the field at MetLife Stadium to a standing ovation. It seemed like a fitting ending for Manning, but at the time, he wasn’t ready to declare his NFL career over.
Manning retires having played 16 seasons in the NFL, starting 210 consecutive games. After sitting out one game, Manning continued to start 22 more, having never missed time due to injury. Finishing his career with a 117-117 record and a quarterback rating of 84.1 appears pedestrian at first glance. But two historical playoff runs alongside head coach Tom Coughlin enshrines Manning as an all-time great for the Giants.
"It was an honor and privilege to coach Eli, and to go through the wonderful and magnificent moments that he and his teammates provided for all of us in the world championship '07-'08 and '11-'12 seasons," Coughlin said in the team’s press release. "The New York Giants, flagship franchise of the National Football League, have four world championships You have four trophies sitting there. You have (Phil) Simms, you have (Jeff) Hostetler, and you have Eli for two. Eli Manning not only is the quarterback on those great teams, but he is the MVP of the Super Bowls. He's an incredible big- game performer. You talk about a guy that's great to coach, focused every day, took tremendous pride in preparing, practice, had a great sense of humor, was a cynic in the locker room. But the guys loved him and they loved him for it, and they played for him. The guys that had the opportunity to play with him know what it's like to be with a guy with as much talent, as much grit, as much determination.
"Here goes the retirement of a great, great football Giant. I and my coaching staff and our teams from 2004 right through 2015, for me at least, my part, hold Eli in the highest respect and congratulate him and his family, and his mom and dad, for all of the wonderful, wonderful experiences he's had, and the happiness and pride that he has brought to the entire Giants family, the fanfare, the fans, the family and everyone that's taken so much pride from his performances and for what he's meant. He's always been there to make the call, to stand up and represent the Giants in the best possible way."