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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says Giants QB Eli Manning ‘holds a special place in history’

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Eli Manning decided to retire from the New York Giants on Wednesday and everyone is expressing their gratitude to the quarterback—including Roger Goodell. Ahead of Manning’s retirement press conference on Friday, Goodell says that Manning ‘holds a special place in history’.

“Eli Manning leaves an indelible imprint on the New York Giants, their fans, and the NFL,” Goodell said via his personal Twitter account. “His passion for the game, intense preparation, and ability to rise to the occasion were the hallmarks of his career.”

Manning spent 16 seasons with the Giants and was able to bring home two Super Bowls to the city of New York. Of course, both of them came against the New England Patriots. In those two Super Bowl runs, Manning combined for 15 touchdowns and two interceptions.

For plenty of years, there’s been a discussion on whether or not the Giants legend is headed to Canton. With Manning retiring from football, that discussion was rekindled this week as he is now on the countdown until he’s eligible to be elected to the Hall of Fame.

Without a doubt, the longtime Giants starter is a legend in New York sports history. Not many quarterbacks can say they beat Tom Brady in the Super Bowl; let alone twice. The only other quarterback to achieve that feat is Nick Foles.

Looking at the numbers, Manning will likely be sporting a gold jacket sometime in his lifetime. However, it remains to be seen if he ends up being a first-ballot inductee. Even if he isn’t, Manning will always be remembered as an icon for the Giants.