Roger Goodell Congratulates Eli Manning On NFL Career

Commissioner Says Giants Quarterback 'Holds A Special Place In History'

Alec Gearty
January 23, 2020 - 2:46 pm
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Giants quarterback Eli Manning has called it a career. 

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Manning will announce his retirement from the NFL Friday morning, capping off his 16th season. The 39-year-old ended his Giants tenure with two Super Bowls, where he was named the Most Valuable Player in each appearance. Upon the surfaced reports of his retirement, Manning's former and current teammates took to social media to praise the quarterback. 

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell joined the flood of messages with one of his own, saying Manning, who won 117 games with New York, "holds a special place" in NFL history. 

"Eli Manning leaves an indelible imprint on the New York Giants, their fans, and the NFL. His passion for the game, intense preparation, and ability to rise to the occasion were the hallmarks of his career," Goodell posted on social media. 

Manning is set to hold a press conference on Jan. 24 to formally announce his retirement from the league. He tallied 366 touchdowns and 57,023 yards over 236 games, starting in 234 of those outings. 

"Eli holds a special place in history, not just for the hoisting the Lombardi Trophy and being named Super Bowl MVP twice, but for how he transcended the game with the way he carried himself around his teammates, media and - most importantly - fans.

"That's one of the many reasons he was named Walter Payton Man of the Year," Goodell continued. "On the field and in the community, he was a champion. He was also a true competitor and held himself to the highest standard in everything he did. We know he'll carry that same spirit into the future."