New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning announced his retirement Wednesday, ending a legendary career that spanned 16 seasons and two Super Bowl MVPs.
The 39-year-old Manning also holds nearly every passing record in team history.
In addition, he is one of just five players in NFL history to hold two MVP titles, alongside Joe Montana, Bart Starr, Tom Brady,
Manning also retires being ranked in the top 10 all-time in completions, attempts, pass yards and touchdown passes.
“For 16 seasons, Eli Manning defined what it is to be a New York Giant both on and off the field,” John Mara, the Giants’ president and chief executive officer, said in a statement announcing Manning’s retirement. “Eli is our only two-time Super Bowl MVP and one of the very best players in our franchise’s history. He represented our franchise as a consummate professional with dignity and accountability. It meant something to Eli to be the Giants quarterback, and it meant even more to us. 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.”
The Giants plan to hold a news conference at 11 a.m. ET on Friday, when Manning will address the media.
He spent most of the last season as the backup to rookie Daniel Jones, starting in only four games, for the lowest total since his rookie season. He won his final start as a Giant against the Dolphins on December 15.
Manning was set to become a free agent during this off-season. He has earned more than $250 million from his football contracts, the most in NFL history.
In addition, he started 234 games for the Giants, which is the fourth-most all-time by a QB for a single franchise.