In 2004, Eli Manning told the San Diego Chargers he didn’t want to join the team after an epic football performance at Ole Miss. During his incredible career with the New York Giants, he started 200 straight games between 2004 and 2017, and he threw the ball 8,119 times and had 4,895 completions to date. Those completions amounted to 57,023 yards and 366 show-stopping touchdowns. His 60.29% completion rate is the highest in Giants history.
Eli Manning turned the Giants season around in 2004. The team went from 4-12 the previous season to winning the NFC East using Eli quarterbacking skills. After three years of pinpoint passes, and excellent ball-handling, as well as astute leadership, the team won its first NFC championship. Eli got his first Super Bowl MVP award in 1990 when his football magic beat the unbeaten New England Patriots.
Eli did it again in 2011 when Eli and the Giants took down the Bill Belichick, Tom Brady, and the Patriots. Manning was everybody’s MVP after that game. In both Super Bowl appearances, Eli’s late pass drives turned into game-winners. Eli played in four Pro Bowls. Plus, Manning is the only player to play 16 seasons for the Giants.
According to Giants’ President and CEO John Mara, Eli defines what a Giant looks like. And Giants Chairman and Executive Vice President Steve Tisch called Manning a timeless legacy. Tisch also called Eli “a giant among giants.” Commissioner Goodell called Eli a true competitor and a champion. The commissioner told the press Manning leaves an indelible imprint on the NFL.
Mr. Manning will receive the Bart Starr Award on February 1st. His brother Peyton won that award in 2015. Eli and his brother Peyton turned the passing game into a fine-tuned art project every time they put a uniform on. It’s unclear what Eli plans to do when all the smoke clears, but he may not step too far away from football, according to some reports.
Off the field, Manning puts his superstar skills to work in the non-profit community. The Manning family built “The Eli Manning Children’s Clinics” in Jackson Mississippi. The Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children is the clinic’s home. Thirty-nine-year-old Eli also participates in several other non-profits.