Eli Manning Doesn't Want to Pursue Broadcasting Career... Yet

Jordan Cohn
May 07, 2020 - 4:38 pm

Just a couple of days after his older brother Peyton explained why he has turned down so many TV offers, Eli Manning seems to be heading down a similar, yet simultaneously different, path.

Whereas Peyton said that he has turned down broadcasting and media offers in order to pursue a career as a top football executive, Eli Manning explains that he's turning down broadcasting -- for the time being -- to step away from football.

After an illustrious 16-year career, Eli Manning wants to take a breather from the football field for just a moment. He doesn't want to coach in 2020. He's not about to immediately sign back on with a team as a trainer. In fact, he says that he hasn't even thrown a football since retiring at the end of the 2019 NFL season.

According to Jordan Raanan of ESPN, he does eventually want to get back into football, but he shared that first he wants to "try to take a year off... and figure out what (he) wants to to in that next chapter."

"I don't know if I want to do announcing... yet," Eli said. "Or go into that field. I might want to stay more hands on with either the Giants or some coaching with a high school team."

His focuses instead of football? Family and philanthropy -- can't get much more wholesome than that. During the coronavirus pandemic, the two-time Super Bowl champion shared that he has been busy homeschooling his children and working on various charity projects.

In fact, he shared that he plans to take a year off from football during one of those charitable projects: a USO conference video call that was made to entertain service members. Raanan details that on Monday, he'll take part in an event set up by Robin Hood NYC, a poverty-fighting organization, alongisde several former teammates.

He's been a very active philanthropic voice since retirement, but it's still an area in which he wants to "up his game," according to Raanan. That's no small task, considering he was named one of the top 20 philanthropists under 40 in 2015 by New York Observer, but if anyone can do it, it's Eli.