Quarterback Eli Manning, who led the New York Giants to a pair of Super Bowl victories during his 16-season career in the NFL, will announce his retirement Friday, the team said in a statement Wednesday.
Manning, 39, saw limited action during the 2019 season, appearing in only four games.
“One of the best, most popular and most decorated players in Giants history, Manning, a two-time Super Bowl winner and most valuable player, will announce his retirement Friday, ending a 16-year career spent entirely with the team he joined in a draft-day trade in 2004,” the Giants said in a statement.
Manning, the youngest member of his family’s quarterback dynasty, is the brother of Peyton Manning and the son of longtime signal-caller Archie Manning. Like his father, Eli Manning starred at Ole Miss during his college career.
Eli Manning led the Giants to one of the biggest Super Bowl upsets in NFL history, throwing a late pass that David Tyree caught on his helmet as he fell backward to preserve a game-winning drive. Manning and the Giants went on to defeat the unbeaten New England Patriots, who were trying to join the 1972 Miami Dolphins as the NFL’s only unbeaten, untied team.
Manning and the Giants would defeat the Patriots again in the Super Bowl four years later.
Manning played 248 games -- including the postseason -- all with the Giants. He owns the franchise record for completions, passing yards, passing touchdowns and longest completed pass, WPIX reported. He also owns the NFL record for most passing yards in a single postseason and the most fourth-quarter touchdown passes in a season, the television station reported.
During the regular season, Manning passed for 57,023 yards and 366 touchdowns. He had an 8-4 record inthe playoffs and passed for 2,815 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Manning was the No. 1 draft pick of the San Diego Chargers and the overall top pick in the 2004 NFL draft, but was traded to the Giants for the Chargers’ top pick, Philip Rivers of North Carolina State.