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Giants owner John Mara speaks out on Eli Manning retiring from the NFL

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Eli Manning will announce his retirement from the NFL on Friday, as first reported by Dan Graziano of ESPN. He will do so as the most prolific passer in New York Giants franchise history.

Manning, the No. 1 pick of the 2004 NFL Draft, spent his entire 16-season career with the Giants. In the process, he won two Super Bowls, went 117-117 as a starter and finished in the top-10 in nearly every statistical career category for quarterbacks.

Giants owner John Mara issued a statement on Manning’s release, saying, via Paul Schwartz of the New York Post:

“For 16 seasons, Eli Manning defined what it is to be a New York Giant both on and off the field. 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.”

All the signs pointed to Manning’s retirement. The 39-year-old spent most of the season on the bench, playing the role of Daniel Jones’ — the No. 6 pick in the 2019 NFL Draft — backup and mentor.

For Manning, he can enjoy the retired life with his brother, Peyton, now. As Mara mentioned, he will find himself in the Giants Ring of Honor in the near future. The Hall of Fame will likely follow.