Giants owner John Mara responds to emotional scene after Eli Manning’s potential final start
John Mara knows what this day meant. Eli Manning may have played his final home game at MetLife Stadium for the New York Giants in their Week 15 win over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday. The 38-year-old lost the starting job earlier this season to rookie signal-caller Daniel Jones but had to fill in under center with the sixth overall pick sidelined with an ankle sprain these past two weeks.
Giants owner John Mara was at the game and witnessed the “emotional” farewell of Manning, who received a standing ovation from fans at the Meadowlands. Mara called the two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback a “class act.”
Per Newsday’s Bob Glauber on Twitter:
“He’s a class act all the way, on and off the field. It’s very emotional. It was just nice to see him smile in the locker room.”
John Mara, holding back tears, on Eli Manning: “He’s a class act all the way, on and off the field. It’s very emotional. It was just nice to see him smile in the locker room.”
— Bob Glauber (@BobGlauber) December 15, 2019
Manning finished the day with an underwhelming performance—throwing 20/28 for 283 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions. However, Manning was good enough to hold onto the 16-point lead in part thanks to sophomore star rusher Saquon Barkley, who racked up 112 yards on the ground, scoring two touchdowns.
Nobody is sure whether Manning retires at the end of the 2019 season or not, but it’s unlikely Giants fans will see the two-time Super Bowl MVP suiting up again for their franchise.
Ex-teammate Plaxico Burress claimed earlier today that Manning will stay in the league regardless of his welcome on the G-Men roster.
“I don’t think it’s the end of the road,” recently said Burress, via TMZ. “That’s my main man. That’s my homeboy. It won’t be the last you see of him. I’ll tell you that.”
Burress and Manning won Super Bowl XLII together during the wide receiver’s four-year stint with the Giants.
Regardless of whether Manning sticks around or not, Sunday was an emotional moment for everybody involved.