New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning announced his retirement, ending his career after 16 seasons in the NFL.
Giants team president John Mara spoke about the player in an official statement:
“For 16 seasons, Eli Manning defined what it is to be a New York Giant both on and off the field. Eli is our only two-time Super Bowl MVP and one of the very best players in our franchise’s history. He represented our franchise as a consummate professional with dignity and accountability. It meant something to Eli to be the Giants quarterback, and it meant even more to us.”
The 39-year-old is best known for guiding the Giants to two Super Bowl titles, taking home the game’s MVP award in each year.
During those two title runs, Manning led the team to an 8-0 record in the playoffs while throwing a combined 15 touchdowns with just two interceptions. The NFL recently ranked his throw to David Tyree in Super Bowl XLII as the No. 1 Super Bowl play of all time.
Beyond his postseason heroics, the quarterback was a reliable presence for the Giants since being drafted No. 1 overall in 2004, making 210 consecutive starts from his rookie season until being benched in 2017.
Manning earned four career Pro Bowl selections and ranks in the top 10 in NFL history in both passing touchdowns (366) and passing yards (57,023).
Though there will likely be plenty of debate, his production should be enough to earn him a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame when he’s eligible.