Ben Roethlisberger to Eli Manning: You exude class both on and off the field

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Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger entered the NFL at the same time, as first-round picks in the 2004 NFL draft. Now Roethlisberger is saying goodbye to Manning.

Roethlisberger wrote on Twitter that he has long admired Manning, who officially announced his retirement today.

“From the ‘04 Draft to your great Championships, you exude class both on and off the field, I have admired your career, Eli. Much respect Champ! — Ben,” Roethlisberger wrote.

With Manning’s retirement, the only players remaining from the 2004 NFL draft are Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers, Larry Fitzgerald, Matt Schaub and Andy Lee.

8 responses to “Ben Roethlisberger to Eli Manning: You exude class both on and off the field

  1. Really nice run. Regardless of what you think about him, a 15+ year career is something to be proud of, especially when you have the shadow of a successful big brother playing in the league too.

  2. Eli, a great defense, a couple of bonehead plays by the Pats, a couple of lucky breaks, a couple of incredible catches and a whole bunch of heart took our 9-7 team to the promised land. And a few years later they did it again. Thanks for the memories Eli, I’ll never forget those 2 Sunday nights surrounded by friends.

  3. Eli Manning’s TD-INT ratio of 1.73-1 and QB rating of 87.5 aren’t really that impressive, but I guess he’s a hall of famer…

    Just kidding. He has a ratio of 1.5 and rating of 84.1.

    The previous ratio and rating actually belong to Andy Dalton.

  4. Don’t know if an endorsement from Little Ben means much. Ben has done plenty to disgrace the game.

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