New York Giants hero Eli Manning set to retire after 16 years

Eli Manning, New York Giants. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Eli Manning, New York Giants. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) /
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The ups and downs of 16 years

His 57,203 passing yards, 366 touchdowns, and 4,895 passes completed rank seventh of all-time in the NFL. He also ranks thirteenth in fourth-quarter comebacks (27), tenth with 37 game-winning drives in the regular season,  and sixth all-time in passing attempts as well.

The first half of his career was much more successful than the second. The fall wasn’t entirely his fault and the main reason for the somber decline for the franchise can be attributed to poor drafting by former GM Jerry Reese. The G-Men were also hit hard by injuries at key positions. His once durable offensive line and supporting cast became lackluster, to say the least.

He did play a part in the abysmal eight-year run since 2011 throwing 115 interceptions in as many games. It would’ve been nice to get at least one more Super Bowl appearance but those eight years weren’t all bad as I detailed in my article on the best Giants players of the previous decade.

Though Manning only led the Giants to the playoffs six times in his fourteen years as the full-time starter, he finished an 8-4 postseason record. That is in addition to setting a few franchise playoff records with 2,815 passing yards on 242 completions and 18 touchdowns.