Eli Manning is returning to the Giants
When Eli Manning retired in January 2020, his signature line came right after he quoted franchise patriarch Wellington Mara, who famously declared ‘Once a Giant, always a Giant.’’
Manning then added his special twist.
And, now, it’s another line for Manning: A Giant, again.
Manning on Monday made official his return to the only NFL franchise he ever played for, accepting a role with the team in business development, marketing and community and corporate relations — a non-football role, if you will. Manning will also collaborate with the Giants on original content development and fan engagement activities, including a lifestyle series to premiere this fall.
“After not being able to come back in the facility for a full year, to finally see my former teammates and the individuals I’ve spent the past 16 years with — like the trainers and equipment guys, video, scouting, management, owners — it’s incredibly exciting to be back,” Manning said. “Staying involved with this organization is very important to me. I love the organization, love the Giants and the fans, and so I want to do anything possible to help them out and be a part of it.”
After 16 years and two Super Bowl victories on his watch as the starting quarterback, it was readily apparent no one was ever again to don the No. 10 jersey he wore for his entire career. That number will officially be retired Sept. 26 during a halftime ceremony of the game against the Falcons at MetLife Stadium. Manning that day will also become the 43rd member of the Giants’ Ring of Honor.
Manning’s first NFL start, back in 2004, came against the Falcons, and his only home-field playoff victory also came against Atlanta.
“It’s a great honor and just an unbelievable feeling,” Manning said. “I don’t know what the emotions will be that day. I know they’ll be high, though. To have that feeling and that final goodbye, a true goodbye to the fans, and to thank them for supporting me during my 16 seasons here, it’s going to be special.’’
Fittingly, Manning, 40, signed his latest contract with the Giants with co-owner John Mara — Wellington’s son — standing nearby
“For 16 seasons, Eli represented and defined what it meant to be a Giant, and we are excited for him to join the business side of our front office,” Mara said. “Eli is one of the most beloved players in Giants history. We had a mutual interest in him returning to the organization and we’re thrilled to welcome him back.”
Manning spent the last year at home in New Jersey with his wife, Abby, and their four children — three daughters and one son. He coached three girls basketball teams, one softball team and attended lacrosse tournaments and swim meets watching his kids. This was his plan — to take some time away from the Giants to figure out what came next for him.
“I had a little break,’’ Manning said. “I think both sides needed a little parting. But I’m excited to team back up with the Giants and help out in any way they feel they need it.’’
It was time to get out of the house.
“The wife finally said, ‘All right, you gotta get back to work, you gotta get out of the house, you’re cramping my style a little bit,’ ’’ Manning said. “So, Abby’s making me get back into the office and do some real work.”
Manning played a Giants-record 236 regular-season games and never missed a game because of injury. His postseason runs after the 2007 and 2011 seasons culminated in two Super Bowl MVP awards and ensured he would forever be a Giants legend.
“We are proud Eli was our quarterback for so many years and now look forward to his next chapter as a Giant,” co-owner Steve Tisch said. “Eli is the ultimate team player and will be a huge addition to the organization as we continue to elevate and strengthen our business operation.”
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“For 16 seasons, Eli represented and defined what it meant to be a Giant and we are excited for him to join the business side of our front office,” Giants president John Mara said in a statement. “Eli is one of the most beloved players in Giants history. We had a mutual interest in him returning to the organization and we’re thrilled to welcome him back.”
The team also revealed that they will retire Manning’s jersey and officially induct him into the Ring of Honor on Sept. 26, when the Giants host the Atlanta Falcons in Week 3.
“It’s a great honor and just an unbelievable feeling,” Manning said. “I don’t know what the emotions will be that day. I know they’ll be high, though. To have that feeling and that final goodbye, a true goodbye to the fans, and to thank them for supporting me during my 16 seasons here, it’s going to be special. I think it’s an opportunity for me to thank everybody here – teammates, coaches and the organization – for believing in me, for bringing me to New York and for giving me a chance to have success. It’ll be an awesome day to be here and a great celebration.”
Manning played for the Giants for his entire career from 2004-19. He was selected No. 1 overall by the San Diego Chargers in 2004, but was instantly traded to New York. Manning threw for more than 57,000 yards and 366 touchdowns during his 16 seasons with the Giants and led them to two Super Bowl wins. The four-time Pro Bowler also was named the Walter Payton Man of the Year in 2016.
Manning, the team said, will help with business development, marketing and community relations initiatives in his new role. He will also help create original content with the organization, and is set to launch a new “lifestyle series” this fall.
“Staying involved with this organization is very important to me,” Manning said. “I love the organization, love the Giants and the fans, and so I want to do anything possible to help them out and be a part of it.
“I’m willing to do anything. But I’m focused on the business side with corporate partners and on community relations, which was always so important to me while I was playing here and is something I’ve placed a high priority on throughout my life. I’m looking forward to seeing where I can make the most impact in helping the Giants achieve their business and community goals.”
|Born:||January 3, 1981
New Orleans, Louisiana
|Height:||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight:||218 lb (99 kg)|
|High school:||Isidore Newman School
(New Orleans, Louisiana)
|NFL Draft:||2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at NFL.com · PFR|
Elisha Nelson Manning (born January 3, 1981) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 16 seasons with the New York Giants. After playing college football at Ole Miss, he was selected first overall in the 2004 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers and traded to the Giants during the draft. He is the youngest son of former NFL quarterback Archie Manning and younger brother of former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning.
Although Manning struggled with consistency throughout much of his career, he is recognized for twice leading the Giants to underdog Super Bowl victories against the New England Patriots‘ dynasty in Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI. The former, which saw the wild card Giants defeat a Patriots team that was the first to win all 16 regular-season games, is regarded as one of the greatest sports upsets of all time. Manning was named Most Valuable Player in both championships, making him one of five players to have multiple Super Bowl MVP awards.
As the Giants’ starting quarterback from 2004 to 2019, Manning holds the franchise records for passing yards, touchdown passes, and completions. He also demonstrated durability throughout his career, never missing a game due to injury and starting 210 consecutive games from 2004 to 2017, the third-longest consecutive starts streak by an NFL quarterback. Manning ranks eighth all-time in passing yards and ninth in touchdowns
Awards and accolades
- 2× Super Bowl champion (XLII, XLVI)
- 2× Super Bowl MVP (XLII, XLVI)
- 4× Pro Bowl (2008, 2011, 2012, 2015)
- NFC passing touchdowns co-leader (2015)
- Most consecutive completions to begin a Super Bowl: 9 (XLVI)
- Third all-time for most consecutive starts by a National Football League quarterback: 210
- Most fourth quarter touchdown passes in a season: 15 (2011)
- Tied NFL record for longest pass completion and touchdown: 99 yards (2011)
- Most passing yards in a single postseason: 1,219 yards (2011)
- Most pass attempts (career): 8,119
- Most pass attempts (season): 618 (2015)
- Most pass attempts (game): 63 (December 22, 2016 against the Philadelphia Eagles)
- Most pass attempts (playoff career): 400
- Most pass attempts (playoff season): 163 (2011)
- Most pass attempts (playoff game): 58 (January 22, 2012 against the San Francisco 49ers)
- Most completions (career): 4,895
- Most completions (season): 387 (2015)
- Most completions (game): 41 (October 11, 2015 against the San Francisco 49ers)
- Most completions (playoff career): 242
- Most completions (playoff season): 106 (2011)
- Most completions (playoff game): 32 (January 22, 2012 against the San Francisco 49ers)
- Most passing yards (career): 57,023
- Most passing yards (season): 4,933 (2011)
- Most passing yards (playoff career): 2,815
- Most passing yards (playoff season): 1,219 (2011)
- Most passing touchdowns (career): 366
- Most passing touchdowns (playoff career): 1219
- Most passing touchdowns (playoff season): 9 (2011)
- Most intercepted (career): 244
- Most intercepted (season): 27 (2013)
- Most sacked (playoff career): 27
- Most sacked (playoff season): 11 (2011)
- Most sacked (playoff game): 6 (January 22, 2012 against the San Francisco 49ers; tied with Phil Simms)
- Longest completed pass: 99 yards (2011)
- Most fourth quarter touchdown passes, season: 15 (NFL record)
- Most consecutive starts by a quarterback: 222 (210 regular season + 11 playoff games)