Eli Manning, champion of two Super Bowl titles, retires from football after 16 seasons with the New York Giants.
Manning won Super Bowl MVP honors following the 2007 and 2011 seasons. Manning is just one of five players in NFL history to win two Super Bowl MVP awards. He also earned Pro Bowl honors in 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2015.
Manning was the first pick in the 2004 NFL Draft by the then-San Diego Chargers, who he repeatedly warned up to draft day not to select him and refused to play for the team. After being selected by the Chargers, he was immediately traded to the New York Giants for fourth overall pick Philip Rivers.
Manning started every regular season game for 12 seasons from 2005 through 2016. From 2015 through early in 2019, he only missed one game.
But early in the 2019 season, after losing three of the Giants’ first four games, Manning was benched in lieu of rookie Daniel Jones.
Despite the rough finish, the Giants paid homage to Manning's career on Wednesday.
"It meant something to Eli to be the Giants quarterback, and it meant even more to us," said John Mara, the Giants' president and chief executive officer. "We are beyond grateful for his contributions to our organization and look forward to celebrating his induction into the Giants Ring of Honor in the near future."