Published: Thu, January 23, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning retiring after 16 seasons

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning retiring after 16 seasons

Manning is seventh in the all-time list for passing yards (57,023) and passing touchdowns (366).

"We are proud to have called Eli Manning our quarterback for so many years", said Steve Tisch, Giants chairman and executive vice president.

"For 16 seasons, Eli Manning defined what it is to be a New York Giant both on and off the field", said Giants president John Mara.

Eli Manning earned $7 million from endorsement deals with blue-chip companies such as Pepsi-owned Gatorade, DirecTV, Nationwide Insurance and Visa in the 12 months ending in June 2018, according to Forbes.

Acquired in a trade with the San Diego Chargers after being chosen No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft, Manning was one of the sport's last iron men, at a position where staying healthy can be a daunting task.

Manning's retirement is not too surprising in that he was benched for rookie Daniel Jones this past season and seems to be a shell of his former self.

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The durable 39-year-old signal-caller walks away following a decorated career that includes a pair of Super Bowl championships and almost every team passing record for one of the NFL's blue-ribbon franchises.

Besides the 2 Super Bowl victories and MVP awards - both against Tom Brady's Patriots - Eli was also a 4-time Pro Bowler and started at QB for 210 games, 13 seasons!

There had been speculation Manning could sign on with a contender to play next season, but it was largely expected he would retire a member of the Giants.

His final start came in a 36-20 win over the Miami Dolphins at MetLife Stadium.

"We are sincerely thankful for everything Eli has given our team and community".

Manning has made a decision to retire as a Giant rather than play elsewhere. 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.

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