Strahan confirms the Giants will be retiring his jersey No. 92
Giants President and Chief Executive Officer John Mara announced Friday at Eli Manning's retirement press conference that no Giant will ever again wear the No. 10. Well, it sounds like another Giants legend will soon get his number retired as well. During an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Hall of Famer and franchise sack leader Michael Strahan confirmed that the Giants will be retiring his No. 92, before taking a crack at house band The Roots for cheering for a divisional rival.
"Yeah, they are…" Strahan said when asked by Fallon if the team is retiring his number. "It's going to be really emotional, and I want to thank The Roots, because I know you Eagles fans rolled in and asked them to retire my jersey because you didn't want to see it terrorizing your team anymore."
View photos of Hall of Famer Michael Strahan through the years.
Pro Football Focus applauds Eli's Super Bowl performances
With Super Bowl LIV just a few days away, PFF went back and looked at the performance of every single quarterback in the Super Bowl that the analytics site has ever graded, and ranked them from 1-36. The rankings were based solely on each quarterbacks' play in the Super Bowl.
Eli Manning is known as a great clutch performer, and PFF's rankings only confirmed this notion. Manning's outing in Super Bowl XLII, when the Giants took down the 18-0 New England Patriots, ranked No. 11 on the list after he completed 19 of 34 passes for 255 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
PFF wrote, "Manning led the Giants to one of the biggest Super Bowl upsets in history over the Patriots in 2007-08. They ruined the Patriots' perfect season, and Eli's fourth quarter is a large reason why. Overall in the game, Eli put together the second most big-time throws in a Super Bowl we have seen (5) — and four of those came in the fourth quarter. He had an 88.0 passing grade that quarter (68.5 in the first three quarters) and came up huge when under pressure at that time by completing all three of his pressured attempts for 53 yards."
While the win over the previously undefeated Patriots was impressive, Manning's outing against the Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI is what really stands out. In the team's second victory over New England on the world's biggest stage, Manning went 30-for-40 (75.0%) for 296 yards and a touchdown, finishing with a passer rating of 103.8. This performance earned Manning No. 2 on PFF's list.
"Whether or not Eli Manning belongs in the Hall of Fame is another topic of discussion, but he did have the second-best Super Bowl performance by a quarterback of the 36 PFF has graded," the site wrote. "Eli had four big-time throws and no turnover-worthy plays for the game and was near perfect when throwing under pressure. He had 14 pass attempts under duress and had a perfect adjusted completion percentage while averaging 9.3 yards per attempt."
Here are PFF's top five Super Bowl QB performances:
1) Green Bay Packers Aaron Rodgers – Super Bowl XLV
2) New York Giants Eli Manning – Super Bowl XLVI
3) Philadelphia Eagles Nick Foles – Super Bowl LII
4) Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson — Super Bowl XLVIII
5) Baltimore Ravens Joe Flacco – Super Bowl XLVII
Daniel Jones, Sam Darnold to face off in Super Bowl cornhole match
Prior to Sunday's kickoff, Giants and Jets fans are in for a special treat. Friday night, Giants QB Daniel Jones and Jets QB Sam Darnold will go to battle in an epic cornhole battle at Broward Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale. The event is called the 2020 ACL SuperHole and will be aired on ESPN2 Sunday from 5-6 p.m. The match is being run by the American Cornhole League, which is in fact a real league.
The two quarterbacks have even started trash talking ahead of this weekend's big match.