One of the greatest football dynasty’s of the National Football League (aka the NFL) belongs to the Manning family. Father Archie and his sons Cooper, Peyton and Eli have all staked their claim in the world of professional sports with their contributions to football. Now, as the youngest Manning hangs up his cleats and retires his throwing arm many are showing him the respect he deserves by offering kind words of Eli’s journey up until this point, putting rivalries aside and celebrating him for what he’s brought to the game.
Over on Twitter many fans and people from the world of sports offered kind words for Manning, who has just retired at the age of thirty-nine. New York Mets mascot Mr. Met posted on Twitter “Congrats to my good buddy Eli Manning who is announcing his retirement today! #ThankYouEli” with another user echoing those sentiments by tweeting “Congratulations #EliManning on a great career!!! Enjoy retirement; you earned it!“. And of course, there were still a few lighthearted tweets that were all in good fun. Even Tom Brady got in on the well wishes by tweeting “Congratulations on your retirement, and a great career Eli! Not going to lie though, I wish you hadn’t won any Super Bowls.”
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During his press conference, Eli kept his composure, but also expressed his gratitude for being able to play the game he loves for the past sixteen years (which doesn’t even seem like it’s been that long). But for Manning, it has been one dedicated ride. CBS News reports;
Manning never missed a game to injury, and he took his share of shots. He finished his career with 234 starts, over 57,000 yards passing and 366 touchdowns.
“To the Giants fans. You are definitely unique. And I love you for that,” Manning said.
So what does his older brother Peyton Manning think about his brother’s retirement? Well according to Pop Culture Peyton had nothing but great things to say about his brother Eli, whom he had faced and defeated three times during their respective NFL careers.
“I’m happy for Eli, because I know he’s at peace and he put a lot of time and thought into this decision,” Manning said in a 20-minute interview via DenverBroncos.com. “But I am sad, because I won’t get to see him play anymore. And after my dad and Dan Marino, Eli really was my favorite player. So I have to find a new one.”
“But for really 19 years going back to his three years at Ole Miss, 16 years in the NFL, I have enjoyed watching him play, watching him compete, watching him grow into a man. It’s been a heck of a run.”
Peyton also added his thoughts on the debate on whether Eli should be inducted into the Football Hall of Fame as well.
I certainly have my strong feelings and opinions on it, that when you’re the Super Bowl MVP twice against the greatest dynasty of all time — the New England Patriots [with] Tom Brady and Bill Belichick — and you join a list that includes Terry Bradshaw, Bart Starr, Tom Brady, Joe Montana, Eli Manning as the only [two-time] Super Bowl MVPs, that kind of — I don’t really know what that term ‘Drop the mic’ is, but I guess if there was one, if I had a mic … there really is no ‘Yeah, but’ after that.”
Congrats to Eli on his retirement. Check out his retirement speech below.