New York Giants: The most memorable moments from Eli Manning’s retirement conference

Alexander Wilson
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EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - DECEMBER 29: Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants waves to fans while leaving the field after the second half of the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium on December 29, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

Friday morning was an emotional time for New York Giants fans, as quarterback Eli Manning announced his retirement in front of a crowd of reporters, family, and friends.

Manning featured with the Giants for 16 seasons, amassing incredible achievements.

Eli Manning’s career achievements:

  • 2x Super Bowl winner

  • 2x Super Bowl MVP

  • 57,023 passing yards (7th all-time)

  • 366 passing TD (7th all-time)

  • 4x Pro Bowler

  • Walter Payton Man of the Year winner in 2016

  • Never missed a game due to injury

  • 13x team captain

His speech was short and to the point, expressing his appreciation for the family, he had accrued during his time with Big Blue and ensuring that he was only ever going to be a Giant.

Eli Manning: “No one loved and appreciated wearing the Giants uniform more than I have.”

“To the Giants fans, you’re definitely unique, and I love you for that”

John Mara’s speech was full of tears and inability to speak, as his relationship with Manning bled through his word. At the end, he powerfully stated, “no Giant will ever wear #10 again.”

Manning will also be inducted into the Giants Ring of Honor in 2020, joining some of the biggest and brightest names in football. While this day was full of tears and sadness, it’s also a moment of happiness, a fresh start into the future, and the appreciation of class and dedication for 16 years. Manning epitomized quality and respect, being his true self throughout his career.

Not only will Eli’s memory be alive for eternity, but we will never forget the magnificent moments and miracles he orchestrated during his career.

Even Tom Brady took to Twitter to ensure Eli was appreciated for his efforts, stating:

“Congratulations on your retirement, and a great career Eli! Not going to lie though, I wish you hadn’t won any Super Bowls.”

A friendly slight towards Eli, but with the utmost respect.