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What they are saying about Eli Manning

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From the commissioner to his former opponents, Manning will be missed

NFL: New York Giants-Eli Manning Retirement Press Conference Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY Sports

Sixteen-year New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning made an impact on many across the National Football League during his time in New York. Here is what people are saying following the retirement of the legendary QB:

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell:

Eli Manning leaves an indelible imprint on the New York Giants, their fans, and the NFL. His passion for the game, intense preparation, and ability to rise to the occasion were the hallmarks of his career. Eli holds a special place in history, not just for the hoisting the Lombardi trophy and being named Super Bowl MVP twice, but for how he transcended the game with the way he carried himself around teammates, media and – most importantly- fans. That’s one of the many reasons he was named Walter Payton Man of the Year. On the field and in the community, he was a champion. He was also a true competitor and held himself to the highest standard in everything he did. We know he’ll carry that same spirit with him into the future.”

New York Giants GM Dave Gettleman:

“To be with the New York Giants to see the beginning and end of Eli’s career has been a blessing. The grace with which he handled all situations on and off the field is something for us all to admire and emulate. Eli is a leader and winner who showed all his teammates and future Giants what it takes to win. I certainly thank him for all that he’s done for the New York Football Giants. We wish Eli, Abby and the children all the Lord’s blessings.”

Former Giants GM Jerry Reese:

“One of the all time great faces of the New York Giants franchise. It was an honor to work with him. Congratulations and God’s speed to him and his family.”

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers:

“Congratulations, Eli, on an awesome career. I always admired your steadiness and dependability over the 16 years. And of course the two unbelievable Super Bowl runs you led your team on. Congrats on a Hall of Fame career.”

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady:

“Eli was a great competitor and champion. Playing his teams became some of our most challenging moments. We got our share, but they got the most important ones. It’s a credit to his leadership and determination and it was an honor to share the field with him.”