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Eli Manning has absolutely no desire to become an NFL coach

Jesse Reed
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Jan 24, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning announces his retirement during a press conference at Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

Many have wondered if Peyton Manning might get involved in coaching or running an NFL franchise. His brother Eli Manning most certainly has no interest in one such venture.

Eli Manning does not want to become an NFL coach

Since he’s retired following the 2019 season, Manning has enjoyed his family life. In a USO Zoom call with 115 military members last week (h/t ESPN’s Jordan Raanan), he shared that he won’t make any decisions about his future for at least a year.

“I really wanted to try to take a year off and just try to gather my bearings and get settled with my family and figure out what I want to do in that next chapter,” he said.

However, the one thing he knows for certain is that he’s not going to be a coach at the NFL level.

“I know one thing: I don’t want to be an NFL coach. I’ve seen what our coaches do and the hours they put in, and I enjoy being with my family and enjoy coaching some of their sports teams.”

Manning isn’t ruling out a role with the Giants, however.

“Football is my love and passion,” Manning said. “It is all I’ve known for the last 25 years and all I’ve been doing. I don’t think I can stray too far away from that. I’d like to hope to do something with the Giants, stay involved with them. I probably need a little break right now just because it’s so new. So I’m going to take a little time, enjoy some family time, but I assume I’ll be jumping back into football in some way.”

The legendary quarterback could also potentially look to broadcasting, he said. Or, he could even coach a high school team.

Whatever the future holds for Manning, he clearly wants football to be a part of his life. But he won’t be coaching at a high level, any time soon.