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Eli Manning returns to Giants in front-office role

Field Level Media
22 Jun 2021, 05:19 GMT+10

Eli Manning is back with the Giants in a front-office role, about 18 months after his final game as New York's quarterback.

Manning, who led the team to two Super Bowl championships, will help staff in the business development, marketing, and community and corporate relations areas. In addition,he will contribute to content development and fan engagement activities, which include a lifestyle series set to debut in the fall.

"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," said John Mara, the Giants' president and chief executive officer, in a news release. "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."

The team also announced Monday that Manning will be inducted into the Giants' Ring of Honor and his No. 10 jersey retired during a special halftime ceremony Sept. 26 when the Giants host the Atlanta Falcons in MetLife Stadium.

Manning, 40, said he is delighted to accept the new job and to become the 43rd member of the Ring of Honor.

"It's incredibly exciting to be back," Manning said. "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."

"I'm willing to do anything," he continued. "But I'm focused on the business side with corporate partners and on community relations, which was always so important to me while I was playing here and is something I've placed a high priority on throughout my life. I'm looking forward to seeing where I can make the most impact in helping the Giants achieve their business and community goals."

Manning joined the Giants in a draft-day trade in 2004 and Giants-record 236 regular-season games -- plus 12 more in the playoffs -- and never missed a game because of injury. He was the MVP of the Giants' Super Bowl wins, both against the New England Patriots (2008 and '12). A four-time Pro Bowl selection and the winner of the 2016 NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year award, he retired after the 2019 season as the Giants transitioned to the Daniel Jones era.

He set more than 20 franchise records and is the Top 10 in the NFL in several quarterback statistics, including: 57,023 yards passing (eighth), 4,895 passes completed (eighth), 8,119 pass attempts (seventh) and 366 touchdown passes (ninth).

--Field Level Media

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