NEW YORK, NY — Eli Manning, one of the greatest quarterbacks in New York Giants history, announced his retirement from the NFL after playing 16 seasons with Big Blue.
Manning made the announcement on Friday morning at the New York Giants training facility in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Many of Manning’s former teammates and mentors including longtime Giants head coach Tom Coughlin attended the event to celebrate the star quarterback’s career.
Manning, 39, retired as one of the most decorated players in Giants history. He’s the only player to suit up for 16 seasons for the team and holds records for regular season and total games played. Other than his longevity, Manning was an effective passer for the Giants, holding team records for career passing yards and touchdowns.
Check out the press conference below:
He also has the longest pass in Giants history, a 99-yarder to Victor Cruz against the hometown rival Jets. Manning dropped back into the end zone and fired a 10-yard pass to Cruz, who broke three tackles and took the ball to the house.
Most Giants fans will remember Manning for leading the team to two Super Bowl victories in 2008 and 2012 — both victories coming as underdogs against the New England Patriots. In both games, Manning bested Tom Brady, who’s considered one of the greatest quarterbacks of the generation.