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Giants quarterback Eli Manning says he’s not rushing into retirement

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There has been a lot of talk the last couple of years about when New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning will hang up the cleats and call it a career. Manning has continued to say the last year, when asked about it, that he still feels like has something to give to the game, and he is making it clear that retirement isn’t something he is rushing into.

“I’m not rushing into retirement, and Peyton’s not telling me to rush into it,” Eli said via Nola.com. “I still love being around the guys and the teammates and playing this game. I’m going to play it for as long as I think I can hang with these guys.”

Manning is 38 years, but said he doesn’t feel old when he’s in the locker room. The one place he feels different than the younger guys is when he goes home and is ready for bed at 8 PM, while some guys in the locker room are just getting their night started.

“In the locker room, I feel their age,” Manning said. “At 8 o’clock at night, I don’t feel their age. I’m ready to go to bed and they are just getting started rocking and rolling. I can’t hang and do everything they can do off the field. But on the field, I still feel like I can still run with them and they keep me young.”

Manning isn’t rushing into retirement, but he needs to play at a high level this season or there is a chance the decision could be made for him. The Giants drafted Daniel Jones with their first-round pick and if Manning struggles this year there are going to be fans that call for the GIants to have Jones start next season.