Eli Manning rejoins Giants in business operations and fan engagement role; date set for jersey retirement and Ring of Honor induction
Eli Manning, who won two Super Bowls, set numerous passing records and was one of the most popular players in Giants history, is officially back with the Giants, this time in an off the field capacity, the team announced. Manning retired as a player following the 2019 season, ending a franchise-record 16-year career spent entirely with the Giants. His ties with the team and with the fanbase run incredibly deep, and it's those relationships that his new responsibilities will tap into, as he'll help with initiatives stretching across business development, marketing and community and corporate relations. Manning will also collaborate with the Giants on original content development and fan engagement activations, including a new lifestyle series premiering this 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. "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."
"We are proud Eli was our quarterback for so many years and now look forward to his next chapter as a Giant," said Steve Tisch, Giants chairman and executive vice president. "Eli is the ultimate team player and will be a huge addition to the organization as we continue to elevate and strengthen our business operation."
Manning is thrilled to return to the Giants in a new and challenging role. He was happy to return to the Quest Diagnostics Training Center when some COVID-19 restrictions were lifted.
"After not being able to come back in the facility for a full year, to finally see my former teammates and the individuals I've spent the past 16 years with – like the trainers and equipment guys, video, scouting, management, owners – 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." Manning's new role will include several assignments.
"I'm willing to do anything," he said. "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 played a Giants-record 236 regular-season games – plus 12 more in the playoffs - without ever missing one due to injury. He is the only Giants player to win two Super Bowl Most Valuable Player awards, which he earned in the Giants victories against the New England Patriots in Super Bowls XXLI and XLVI. A four-time Pro Bowler, Manning set more than 20 franchise records and earned the universal admiration of teammates, coaches, support staff, opponents and fans.
On September 26, Manning will be inducted into the Giants' Ring of Honor and will have his No. 10 jersey retired during a special halftime ceremony when the Giants host the Atlanta Falcons in MetLife Stadium. He will become the 43rd member of the Giants Ring of Honor.
"It's a great honor and just an unbelievable feeling," Manning said. "I don't know what the emotions will be that day. I know they'll be high, though. To have that feeling and that final goodbye, a true goodbye to the fans, and to thank them for supporting me during my 16 seasons here, it's going to be special. I think it's an opportunity for me to thank everybody here – teammates, coaches and the organization – for believing in me, for bringing me to New York and for giving me a chance to have success. It'll be an awesome day to be here and a great celebration."
Giants legend Eli Manning has officially rejoined the organization in a business operations and fan engagement role.