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Eli Manning Announces Retirement

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New York’s legendary Quarterback is planning to call it a career

The Giants’ former starting QB is planning on hanging up his cleats. Eli Manning is expected to announce his retirement Friday afternoon after spending his entire 16-year career with the Giants.

Manning became a Giant following the 2004 NFL Draft. New York initially selected Philip Rivers with the fourth overall pick, but GM Ernie Accorsi traded Rivers to the San Diego Chargers as well as New York’s third round selection in the 2004 draft and their first round choice and fifth round choice in the 2005 draft. In return, the Giants received Eli Manning from the Chargers.

Manning made his first start for the Giants after nine games on the bench in 2004. After that, he never missed a game due to injury, starting in 234 of 236 games. Eli went on to break several records and rewrite the NFL history books. In his 16 seasons with New York, he threw for 57023 passing yards and 366 touchdown passes. Both of those marks are Giants franchise records.

Eli Manning will mostly be remembered for his spectacular postseason performances in 2007 and 2011. Both times, Manning led the Giants to Super Bowl victories over the New England Patriots. The first time the Giants beat the Pats, New York ended the Patriots’ undefeated season, leaving them with an 18-1 record. In both Super Bowls, Manning led the Giants on late fourth quarter drives to win the game, earning him two Super Bowl MVP awards.

Manning made four Pro Bowls in his career. Furthermore, his streak of 210 consecutive starts is the second most in NFL history by a quarterback behind only Brett Favre (297 consecutive starts). Eli Manning retires with the sixth most pass attempts in NFL history (8119). He also recorded 4895 completions, which is the seventh most in the history of the NFL. Manning will go down as as New York’s most accurate passer with a career completion percentage of 60.29%.

Manning will make his official retirement announcement at a press conference tomorrow afternoon.

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