Eli Manning will officially retire from professional football on Friday, leaving behind an impressive line of statistics topping nearly every record surpassed in historic New York Giants.
Manning, 39, finished his career with 57,023 yards, 365 touches of the ball and 4,895 times completed. As a starter in the regular season, he ended up with a record of 117-117 during 16 years.
The giant issued a statement following his retirement announcement, saluting Manning for his contributions to the organization and highlighting his two Super MVPs.
“In 16 seasons, Eli Manning has identified what is New York Giants both on and off the pitch,” said John Mara, president and chief executive of Giants.
This February 3, 2008, image file showing Eli Manning, midfielder of the New York Giants, left, and his coach Tom Coughlin looking at Vince Lombardi Trophy as they celebrated after the Giants defeated New England Patriots 17-14 in XLII football game in Glendale, Ariz.
The man who has been the face of the New York Giant since 2004 is likely to make his final appearance this weekend. Manning’s 16-year Giant’s career including two titles is likely to end on Sunday, December 29, 2019, when New York tries to ruin the Philadelphia Eagles bid to win NFC East.
Manning is best remembered for leading the Giant overtaking patriots in 2008 and ruining their chances in an unbeaten season with a last-minute touch. New York won with a final score of 17-14. The giants met their patriots again in 2012 and won their fourth championship in team history, with a score of 21-17.
The giant thanked Manning on Twitter on Wednesday and provided a video of his top 10 moments with the team.
Manning is also the only player in franchise history suitable for 16 seasons; His 236 regular season games (234 starts) and a total of 248 games are Giant’s records.
He will issue his official retirement notice on Friday morning at a press conference about Giants, GAME reported.