Eli Manning announces retirement from NFL after 16 seasons

Former Ole Miss QB spent entire career with NY Giants

Eli Manning announces retirement from NFL after 16 seasons
New York Giants quarterback, Eli Manning, throws a pass during the second quarter of the 2013 National Football League Pro Bowl, Jan. 27., at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. Several hundred service members assigned to bases throughout Hawaii were honored during games opening ceremonies and the halftime celebration. (Department of Defense photo by U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth/Released) (Source: Tech. Sgt. Michael Holzworth)

NEW YORK (WAFB) - New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has announced his retirement from the NFL after 16 seasons, according to a tweet from his team.

The 39-year-old New Orleans native and Newman High School alumnus only started four games in the 2019 season. Manning was the Giants’ starter for most of his first 15 years in the league.

Manning was benched in Week 3 in favor of the Giants’ 2019 first-round draft pick rookie quarterback Daniel Jones.

In his last game as a Giant, Manning snapped the Giants’ nine-game losing streak by beating the Miami Dolphins 38-20 on Dec. 15, 2019. He spent his entire NFL career with the Giants.

Manning started 210 consecutive games from Nov. 21, 2004 through Nov. 23, 2017.

He won two Super Bowls (XLII and XLVI) with the Giants, both of them were victories over the New England Patriots.

Perhaps, one of the most famous plays in Super Bowl history was the “Helmet Catch,” when wide receiver David Tyree caught a critical pass from Manning in Super Bowl XLII.

In his 16-year career, Manning is 117-177 in the regular season and 8-4 in the postseason. Manning ranks seventh all-time in passing yards, throwing for 57,023 yards in his career. He also threw 366 touchdown passes, started 234 games, and 4.895 completions.

He also holds multiple Giants franchise records, including the highest completion percentage and most interceptions, according to NFL.com.

Manning was the first overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft out of Ole Miss and was actually drafted by the San Diego Chargers. He was traded that same day to the Giants in a trade that sent the Giants’ fourth-overall pick Philip Rivers to the Chargers.

The Giants quarterback would have become an unrestricted free agent in the 2020 offseason and would have entered the crowded quarterback market with Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Ryan Tannehill, Jameis Winston, and many more.

Eli is the son of former Saints quarterback Archie Manning and younger brother of former Colts and Broncos quarterback Payton Manning, and Fox Sports host Cooper Manning.

The Mannings, often referred to as the “first family of football,” host a football camp called the Manning Passing Academy for junior high and high school athletes.

The camp is held every summer at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La.

Eli Manning is scheduled to speak at a news conference about his retirement on Friday, Jan. 24.

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