#ThankYouEli Trends As Giants QB Eli Manning Sets to Announce Retirement on Friday

News broke Wednesday afternoon that longtime New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning will announce his retirement on Friday. Manning played in the NFL for 16 seasons, all with the Giants. He won two Super Bowls, finished in the top 10 all-time in major passing categories and orchestrated one of the greatest plays in Super Bowl history.

Manning, who's the younger brother of retired quarterback Peyton Manning and the son of Hall of Fame quarterback Archie Manning, will most likely have his own day in Canton, Ohio at the Professional Football Hall of Fame.

Manning played for Ole Miss from 2000-03, and was drafted first overall by the San Diego Chargers in the 2004 Draft. However, Manning was immediately traded to the New York Giants for Phillip Rivers.

Manning, 39, is one of only five quarterbacks in NFL history to win the Super Bowl MVP award at least twice. The others to accomplish that are Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw, Joe Montana and Tom Brady.

His two Super Bowl championships both came against the New England Patriots, following the 2007 and 2011 seasons. In the 2008 Super Bowl against the undefeated Patriots, Manning pulled off one of the most memorable plays in Super Bowl history.

With 1:15 to go in the game and trailing, 14-10, with a third down and 5 yards to go, Manning took the snap from the shotgun position and then dropped back even more. The Patriots defensive line got pressure and seemed to swallow up Manning, grasping his shirt and appearing as if they were about to take him down.

Manning somehow escaped the pressure, rolled out to his right and back pedaled. He then heaved the ball downfield to find David Tyree, who jumped and reached high into the air and brought the ball down, pressing it into his own helmet as he fell to the ground. Tyree held onto the ball, the Giants got the first down and eventually scored to win the game.

Manning started 234 games for the Giants, going 117-117 in that span. His 57,023 passing yards are seventh all-time in the league, and his 366 passing touchdowns are also seventh in history.

He was the team captain 13 times, a four-time Pro Bowl player and the 2016 Walter Payton Man of the Year award winner.

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Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants waves to fans while leaving the field after the second half of the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium on December 29, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images

The Giants drafted Daniel Jones in the 2019 Draft, and eventually replaced Manning with him as the starting quarterback in the 2019 season. Manning made two starts at the end of the season when Jones got hurt.

However, Manning said he would not play backup again, not for the Giants or for any other team.

On Wednesday, the Giants released a statement that said Manning would address the media Friday at 11 a.m. ET during a news conference.

"For 16 seasons, Eli Manning defined what it is to be a New York Giant both on and off the field," Giants president and chief executive officer John Mara said in the statement. "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. We are beyond grateful for his contributions to our organization and look forward to celebrating his induction into the Giants Ring of Honor in the near future."

Fans, media and players showed their thanks for Eli on Twitter by Wednesday afternoon.

Eli was and always will be one of my favorites. After he won his first Super Bowl I wrote a paper in high school comparing Ma in Grapes of Wrath to Eli leading the team to victory. (It’s still the greatest thing I’ve ever written) He was the perfect leader for the Giants and NY.

— Jessica Gruenling (@JessGruenling) January 22, 2020

As a NY Giants fan I just have to say thank you to Eli Manning for bringing us two Super Bowls (and defeating the Patriots both times to do it) Plus thanks for being a class act on and off the field. We will miss you Eli!

— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) January 23, 2020

Yes, I wanted Big Ben out of college (STFU Ciro). But Eli Manning is The Man!!! Thank you for being THE CLASS ACT that Eli has always been. And Thank You for letting me celebrate TWO Super Bowl Wins while I was in Philadelphia Eagles Country!!
🤪🤪🤪#IBelieveinEli #GiantsPride pic.twitter.com/7bPHQozZwv

— Hector Santiago (@santiagohec) January 22, 2020

Eli Manning always a giant you will be missed pic.twitter.com/QboVQ2CSL1

— Michael Schultz (@loyalgiantsfan9) January 22, 2020

Eli Manning is responsible for two of the happiest sports moments of my life (Super Bowl XLII and XLVI). No Giants player should ever wear number 10 again. Congratulations on a great career, and an eventual Hall of Fame induction! #ThankYouEli pic.twitter.com/d1FQ9bWSIi

— Vas Drimalitis (@vasdrimalitis) January 22, 2020