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Eli Manning calling time on 16-year NFL career

(AFP)

Quarterback Eli Manning, who won two Super Bowls and was the face of the New York Giants franchise for more than a decade, is retiring from the NFL, the team said Wednesday.

The Giants said Manning — who spent all 16 seasons of his NFL career with the Giants after a draft-day trade in 2004 — will formally announce his retirement on Wednesday.

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“For 16 seasons, Eli Manning defined what it is to be a New York Giant both on and off the field,” said John Mara, the Giants’ president and chief executive officer. “Eli is our only two-time Super Bowl MVP and one of the very best players in our franchise’s history.

“He represented our franchise as a consummate professional with dignity and accountability. It meant something to Eli to be the Giants quarterback, and it meant even more to us.”

Manning, 39, led the Giants to Super Bowl victories over the New England Patriots after the 2007 and 2011 seasons.

He is one of just five players in NFL history with at least two Super Bowl MVPs, a club that also includes Joe Montana, Bart Starr, Tom Brady and Terry Bradshaw.

But he spent most of 2019 as backup to rookie quarterback Daniel Jones.

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