Former Giants QB Eli Manning: “I Don’t Want to Be an NFL Coach”

Former New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) in 2017. Photo by Scott Taetsch/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9238781ab)

Former New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning still isn’t sure what he wants to do now that he’s retired from professional football. But he knows that he doesn’t want to coach in the NFL.

Manning announced his retirement at the end of 2019 season, walking away from football after he 16 seasons with the Giants. The 39-year-old then took a year off and is now in the process of figuring his next move.    

“I really wanted to try to take a year off and just try to gather my bearings and get settled with my family and figure out what I want to do in that next chapter,” said Manning during a recent conference call.

Manning’s next job won’t be on the NFL’s sidelines, however, as he doesn’t want to be an NFL coach.

“I know one thing: I don’t want to be an NFL coach. I’ve seen what our coaches do and the hours they put in, and I enjoy being with my family and enjoy coaching some of their sports teams,” he added.

Despite this, Manning hopes to stay involved in football in some capacity. This might include a position in the Giants’ front office, broadcasting, or “some coaching with a high school team.”

Eli Manning spent his entire career with New York Giants, delivering two Super Bowls to the franchise, including a win against undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. He is also four-times Pro Bowler and Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award winner.

Despite his success with the Giants, the end of Manning’s career was rather unceremonious. He was benched in Week 3 of the 2019 NFL season for rookie Daniel Jones and spent the majority of the year as a backup. Losing the starter spot reportedly prompted him to make the retirement decision.