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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Eli Manning, New York Giants. (Photo by AJ Mast/General Motors via Getty Images) /


In 2007, Eli Manning and the New York Giants, led by one of the most ferocious pass-rushing defenses any offensive line has ever had the burden of blocking, faced off against the undefeated New England Patriots and their record-breaking quarterback-wide receiver duo Tom Brady and Randy Moss. The G-Men confounded the expectations of the world by beating the Patriots on a game-winning touchdown from Manning to Plaxico Burress with 35 seconds remaining. It was the first of his two Super Bowls victories and Super Bowl MVPs.

Manning set the NFL record for most passing yards in a single postseason with 1,219 and tied for fifth-most (third-most at the time) with nine passing touchdowns during Big Blue’s 2011 championship run. He once again led the New York Giants to victory over the Patriots and claimed his second MVP.

Manning is 2-0 in two Super Bowl appearances completing 66% of his passes while throwing for a combined 551 yards and 3 touchdowns against one interception with a 96.2 passer rating. Tom Brady might be the GOAT, but Eli beat him head-to-head when it mattered most.

No, Manning has never been selected to an All-Pro team and he never finished a season as a league MVP finalist, but he is one of just five people with at least two Super Bowl MVPs in NFL history. Tom Brady has four, Joe Montana has three, while Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw, and Manning each own two. Old reliable is also just one of twelve quarterbacks to win at least two Super Bowls.