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After one year away from the New York Giants, two-time Super Bowl champion Eli Manning is returning to the organization. No, it’s not what you think. He’s not returning to compete with Daniel Jones for the starting quarterback job after retiring following the 2019 season.
Manning, 40, is returning to become a member of the Giants’ front office, the team announced via its official website on Monday.
“Because of COVID-19 restrictions during the 2020 season, Manning was unable to visit the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. Though he conferred with Jones, his successor at quarterback, Manning did not have an opportunity to discuss a new role with ownership until after the season,” the club noted in a press release.
Manning will work on the business operations side, focusing some of his attention on fan engagement opportunities. For Eli Manning, it was the right time to return to the New York Giants’ organization.
“I wanted to take a year off anyway,” Manning said. “That was the game plan to analyze what you want to do, analyze how busy you want to be, how involved you want to be, just to give the players a break, let the coaches have a fresh start and let Daniel Jones have his fresh start. But I was hoping there would be a spot back with the organization to do the things because of what it’s meant to me. The Giants organization is what I know. Since I’ve been out of college, this is all I’ve done and all I’ve ever wanted to do was do well for the Giants and win games and represent the organization in a positive way, and hopefully I can continue to do that.”
Eli Manning to be inducted into Giants’ Ring of Honor
The Giants also announced that Manning will be the 34th inductee into the team’s Ring of Honor at halftime during a Sept. 26 game against the Atlanta Falcons.
“I think it’ll be great,” Manning said. “To have a full crowd and one final, I guess, goodbye and thank you to the fans. Because they’re the ones that make it all happen and they supported me my whole career.”
The No. 1 pick of the Giants back in 2004, Manning led the team to two Super Bowl titles during his 16-year career with the organization — both against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.
He finished his career No. 1 in franchise history in wins (117), passing yards (57,023) and passing touchdowns (366).