Eli Manning Retires After 16 NFL Seasons

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is retiring after 16 seasons and two Super Bowl MVPs.

The 39-year-old Manning steps away holding almost every passing record in team history and a pair of Super Bowl rings and MVP’s—both of them coming against the New England Patriots dynasty of Tom Brady and Bill Belichick in the 2007 and 2011 seasons.

And while he finished his career with a perfectly mediocre record of 117-117, he also finished seventh in NFL history in three different categories: passing yards with 57,023, TD passes with 366, and completions with 4,895.

And when you put those alongside those two iconic Super Bowl wins which, up until Super Bowl 52 in 2018 when the Eagles beat the Pats 41-33, were the only time Brady and Belichick had ever lost the big game, and Manning is definitely in the conversation to slip on a yellow jacket in Canton in five years, when he's eligible for the Hall of Fame.

Manning is one of just five players in NFL history with at least two Super Bowl MVPs. He's in an elite club with Joe Montana, Bart Starr, Tom Brady, and Terry Bradshaw.

"For 16 seasons, Eli Manning defined what it is to be a New York Giant both on and off the field," John Mara, the team's president and CEO said yesterday announcing Manning's retirement.

The Giants will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. tomorrow, when Manning will address the media.

Manning was set to become a free agent this offseason. He has made more than $250-million from his football contracts, the most in NFL history. 

Source: ESPN

Photo Credit: Getty Images

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