Eli Manning: I think both sides needed a little parting, but I’m excited to be back with Giants

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The Giants announced on Monday that Eli Manning is officially back with the franchise in a business operations and fan engagement role.

In an interview with the team’s website, Manning said he’s excited to return where he spent his entire professional career. But he also noted he was grateful that he could spend some time away from the club in 2020.

“I wanted to be back here with the organization,” Manning said. “I had a little break; I think both sides needed a little parting. But I’m excited to team back up with the Giants and help out in any way they feel they need it. Most of it will be on the business side and be with the sponsors and marketing and corporate stuff and the community service, which has been so important to me.”

Manning noted that not being around the team last year due to the pandemic likely helped transition into retirement.

“I think I was just ready,” Manning said. “I was ready to be done, I was ready to be retired. … But I was at peace with my decision when I decided to retire, that I was ready to be done playing football. I think that made it easy for me to watch the Giants on T.V. and watch football games because I wasn’t bitter, I wasn’t saying, ‘Hey, I should be out there, I’m good enough to be out there.’ I was just saying, ‘Hey, I did my time, I played, I gave it all to the team and to the organization and now I’m ready just to be a fan.’ And I am a Giants fan, so I watched every game, rooted for them every game, pulled for them, so I’ll continue to do that.”

14 responses to “Eli Manning: I think both sides needed a little parting, but I’m excited to be back with Giants

  1. Eli beat that cheater Brady twice when it mattered the most. That’s all I care about.

  2. Eli beat that cheater Brady twice when it mattered the most. That’s all I care about.
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    In 2016, the Giants were fined for illegal use of communications during a game. The coach was using a walkie talkie clearly against the rules. I guess now we have to retroactively strip all the Giants wins since they were clearly cheating. Isn’t that how it works?

  3. Jerry Reese failed him during the second half of his career. Unlike Big Ben and Rivers, he was running for his life after his second SB win. If he had an O line to stand behind, his second half career numbers would have been so much better. Fast forward to today, Daniel Jones has been playing behind a crappy O line put together by Gettleman.

    They have to get this line issue fixed. Eli was a class act and many fans wanted him gone after 2012, knowing that he was playing behind the leagues worst O line. He came up big when it mattered most and that’s all you can ask from a starting QB.

  4. Top QB when he had a top O-line. Mediocre at best with the shoddy lines they gave him in the second half of his career. But two epic playoff runs each capped by a game winning 4Q drive in the SB is what everyone will remember.

  5. blessedunliketherest says:
    June 22, 2021 at 10:01 am

    In 2016, the Giants were fined for illegal use of communications during a game. The coach was using a walkie talkie clearly against the rules. I guess now we have to retroactively strip all the Giants wins since they were clearly cheating. Isn’t that how it works?

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    Yeah, that’s the same as illegally videotaping opponents sidelines for 7 years during which the team won 3 super bowls and had an AFC Championship game appearance…the reality is that the Pats only have 2 legitimate titles, in 2016 and 2018. The other 4 were the product of spygate and/or deflategate.

  6. Yeah, that’s the same as illegally videotaping opponents sidelines for 7 years during which the team won 3 super bowls and had an AFC Championship game appearance…the reality is that the Pats only have 2 legitimate titles, in 2016 and 2018. The other 4 were the product of spygate and/or deflategate.
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    Missing the point. The Giants cheated. They broke the rules to try to gain a competitive advantage in game. Just because they stunk that year doesn’t make it any less of an infraction. You like to use an out of context text message from May to claim deflategate was this long-running scheme. Who’s to say this wasn’t going on for years within the Giants organization?

  7. You guys need to stop blaming the o-line for his decline.

    Look at his advanced career stats – the years that his snap-to-release time was under 2.4 seconds were also his best ones. Getting rid of the ball quickly got Eli hit less and he was more accurate on the shorter routes.

  8. blessedunliketherest says:
    June 22, 2021 at 10:47 am

    Missing the point. The Giants cheated. They broke the rules to try to gain a competitive advantage in game. Just because they stunk that year doesn’t make it any less of an infraction. You like to use an out of context text message from May to claim deflategate was this long-running scheme. Who’s to say this wasn’t going on for years within the Giants organization?
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    I love how Patriots fans (and probably Bucs fans too now) are justifying the Pats’ cheating by pointing at others “see they cheated too!” Sorry, the Giants did not lose a first round draft pick, and no players/coaches were suspended. It is very obvious that Spygate/Deflategate were the worst cheating scandals in NFL history. At least you acknowledge the Pats cheated, which is a start. And the evidence suggested the Giants did it once, whereas the evidence against Brady/NE was that it happened multiple times.

  9. And if he didn’t have WRs that couldn’t be long term and flaked out – I mean I love Burress a lot forever but if he didn’t get hurt in ‘08 – I mean that O was blowing people out that year, they were like 11-1 when he got hurt. Then, what happened to Nicks after ‘11? He was great in ‘11 – had monster games in the playoffs – he kinda fizzled out after that. Then the Cruz injury and let’s not get going on Beckham. So, yes he was given great weapons. But if those weapons could’ve had more staying power we might be looking at 3-4 championships.

  10. At least you acknowledge the Pats cheated, which is a start. And the evidence suggested the Giants did it once, whereas the evidence against Brady/NE was that it happened multiple times.
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    No one is justifying – just pointing out the hypocrisy. The Giants cheated and got caught. The Pats did the same. The other 30 teams have as well. Spygate was a joke, but I’d admit they broke the rules and got caught and paid the price. Deflategate never happened. There is no credible evidence of any infraction. An out of context text message from May and Brady not wanting to give up his phone doesn’t outweigh the science, the Colts balls also being deflated, the NFL lying multiple times, and the NFL’s reluctance to release all the post-Deflategate data that was supposed to support their claim that the weather doesn’t impact PSI in footballs.

    The point is, the Giants are not clean like you claim. There were caught cheating. It doesn’t matter that they still stunk.

  11. blessedunliketherest says:
    June 22, 2021 at 12:11 pm
    At least you acknowledge the Pats cheated, which is a start. And the evidence suggested the Giants did it once, whereas the evidence against Brady/NE was that it happened multiple times.
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    No one is justifying – just pointing out the hypocrisy. The Giants cheated and got caught. The Pats did the same. The other 30 teams have as well. Spygate was a joke, but I’d admit they broke the rules and got caught and paid the price. Deflategate never happened. There is no credible evidence of any infraction. An out of context text message from May and Brady not wanting to give up his phone doesn’t outweigh the science, the Colts balls also being deflated, the NFL lying multiple times, and the NFL’s reluctance to release all the post-Deflategate data that was supposed to support their claim that the weather doesn’t impact PSI in footballs.

    The point is, the Giants are not clean like you claim. There were caught cheating. It doesn’t matter that they still stunk.

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    Um, the Giants didn’t deliberately use walkie talkies during the game to get an edge. They did it because their communications equipment was broken, and the HC at the time was given a walkie talkie and used it to communicate with the QB, unknowingly in violation of NFL rules. It was a spur of the moment mistake. On the other hand, the Pats had a giant cheating ring headed by Ernie Adams, who conveniently wasn’t interviewed by the league during Spygate. 75% of the opposing team’s defensive plays were known ahead of time, according to an ex-Pats quarterback, because of the cheating system your team had in place. Don’t even try comparing what the Giants did to what the Pats did. Did I mention that Doug Flutie admitted that Brady was receiving communications from the sideline well after the 15 second mark on the play clock through a different frequency in his helmet?

  12. Dude was a subpar qb, but has 2 shperbowls thanks to his defense that got to play a non physical team that the defense matched up perfectly against. Stats show it

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