Eli Manning Retires After 16 NFL Seasons

Giants' QB Eli Manning in 2018. Photo by Jacob Kupferman/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

After sixteen seasons as one of the best-known and most successful quarterbacks in the National Football League, New York Giants signal caller Eli Manning has decided to call it quits.

Manning, who joined the Giants in 2004 after being drafted with the first overall pick in the NFL Draft out of Ole Miss, spent the better part of two decades entrenched as the team’s leading figure.

The New Orleans native established a routine of durability and strong play that will lead him to go down as one of the most successful quarterbacks in the history of the league. Manning was named to four Pro Bowls and threw for 366 touchdowns against 244 interceptions over the length of his career.

Perhaps Manning’s biggest achievement was winning two Super Bowls as his team’s starting quarterback. In both wins, in Super Bowl XLII and XLVI, the Giants icon was named the Super Bowl MVP.

After being benched in favor of rookie first-round pick Daniel Jones halfway through the 2019 season, the writing appeared to be on the wall for Manning’s future as the New York Giants’ starting quarterback.

Instead of looking to join another team. Manning simply decided to call it quits after one of the best careers at his position in the history of the league.