When Eli Manning retired in January 2020, his signature line got here proper after he quoted franchise patriarch Wellington Mara, who famously declared ‘Once a Giant, always a Giant.’’
Manning then added his particular twist.
And, now, it’s one other line for Manning: A Giant, once more.
Manning on Monday made official his return to the solely NFL franchise he ever performed for, accepting a role with the workforce in enterprise growth, advertising and marketing and neighborhood and company relations — a non-football role, if you’ll. Manning may also collaborate with the Giants on authentic content material growth and fan engagement actions, together with a life-style sequence to premiere this fall.
“After not being able to come back in the facility for a full year, to finally see my former teammates and the individuals I’ve spent the past 16 years with — like the trainers and equipment guys, video, scouting, management, owners — it’s incredibly exciting to be back,” Manning mentioned. “Staying involved with this organization is very important to me. I love the organization, love the Giants and the fans, and so I want to do anything possible to help them out and be a part of it.”
After 16 years and two Super Bowl victories on his watch as the beginning quarterback, it was readily obvious nobody was ever once more to don the No. 10 jersey he wore for his total profession. That quantity will formally be retired Sept. 26 throughout a halftime ceremony of the sport towards the Falcons at MetLife Stadium. Manning that day may also grow to be the forty third member of the Giants’ Ring of Honor.
Manning’s first NFL begin, again in 2004, got here towards the Falcons, and his solely home-field playoff victory additionally got here towards Atlanta.
“It’s a great honor and just an unbelievable feeling,” Manning mentioned. “I don’t know what the feelings can be that day. I do know they’ll be excessive, although. To have that feeling and that closing goodbye, a real goodbye to the followers, and to thank them for supporting me throughout my 16 seasons right here, it’s going to be particular.’’
Fittingly, Manning, 40, signed his newest contract with the Giants with co-owner John Mara — Wellington’s son — standing close by
“For 16 seasons, Eli represented and defined what it meant to be a Giant, and we are excited for him to join the business side of our front office,” Mara mentioned. “Eli is one of the most beloved players in Giants history. We had a mutual interest in him returning to the organization and we’re thrilled to welcome him back.”
Manning spent the final yr at house in New Jersey together with his spouse, Abby, and their 4 kids — three daughters and one son. He coached three women basketball groups, one softball workforce and attended lacrosse tournaments and swim meets watching his children. This was his plan — to take a while away from the Giants to work out what got here subsequent for him.
“I had a bit break,’’ Manning mentioned. “I believe either side wanted a bit parting. But I’m excited to workforce again up with the Giants and assist out in any method they really feel they want it.’’
It was time to get out of the home.
“The wife finally said, ‘All right, you gotta get back to work, you gotta get out of the house, you’re cramping my style a little bit,’ ’’ Manning said. “So, Abby’s making me get back into the office and do some real work.”
Manning performed a Giants-record 236 regular-season video games and by no means missed a sport due to damage. His postseason runs after the 2007 and 2011 seasons culminated in two Super Bowl MVP awards and ensured he would eternally be a Giants legend.
“We are proud Eli was our quarterback for so many years and now look forward to his next chapter as a Giant,” co-owner Steve Tisch mentioned. “Eli is the ultimate team player and will be a huge addition to the organization as we continue to elevate and strengthen our business operation.”