New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning will announce his retirement on Friday after 16 seasons with the team. In a blog post on Wednesday, the team stated that Manning will hold a press conference on Friday to announce his retirement.
Manning spent his entire professional career in New York after he joined the team in a draft-day trade in 2004. He set the franchise record for games played with 236. He is one of five NFL players to be named MVP in at least two Super Bowls.
Perhaps his most famous accomplishment was leading his team to victory against the undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. His decision to call it a career comes after Manning spent most of his last season serving as a backup to rookie Daniel Jones. Manning made it clear after the season that being a backup wasn't much fun and there wasn't an interest in returning in a similar role.
The Giants turned to Jones after Week 2 this season, and Manning started just four games, the lowest total since his rookie season. He won his final start as a Giant against the Miami Dolphins on Dec. 15.
While never considered an "elite" quarterback in the league, his longevity, two Lombardi trophies and two Super Bowl MVPs on his resume, the Hall of Fame debates are surely to commence.