The New York Giants announced Monday afternoon that Eli Manning is officially rejoining the organization.
Eli Manning is back home! @EliManning has rejoined the org in a business ops & fan engagement role. Plus, we've set the date for jersey retirement and ring of honor!— New York Giants (@Giants) June 21, 2021
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The Giants’ press release states that Eli will be working with the Giants organization in a wide-ranging role that will see him involved in content creation, fan engagement, business development, and marketing.
For his part, Eli is just happy to be back in the Giants’ facilities and around his former teammates.
“After not being able to come back in the facility for a full year, to finally see my former teammates and the individuals I’ve spent the past 16 years with – like the trainers and equipment guys, video, scouting, management, owners – it’s incredibly exciting to be back. Staying involved with this organization is very important to me. I love the organization, love the Giants and the fans, and so I want to do anything possible to help them out and be a part of it.”
“I’m willing to do anything,” he said. “But I’m focused on the business side with corporate partners and on community relations, which was always so important to me while I was playing here and is something, I’ve placed a high priority on throughout my life. I’m looking forward to seeing where I can make the most impact in helping the Giants achieve their business and community goals.”
The Giants have also set the date for Eli’s jersey to be officially retired and for Manning to be enshrined in the Giants’ Ring of Honor.
“It’s a great honor and just an unbelievable feeling,” Manning said. “I don’t know what the emotions will be that day. I know they’ll be high, though. To have that feeling and that final goodbye, a true goodbye to the fans, and to thank them for supporting me during my 16 seasons here, it’s going to be special. I think it’s an opportunity for me to thank everybody here – teammates, coaches and the organization – for believing in me, for bringing me to New York and for giving me a chance to have success. It’ll be an awesome day to be here and a great celebration.”
The ceremony will take place at half-time during the Giants’ September 26th game against the Atlanta Falcons. Eli will be the 43rd person inducted into the Giants’ Ring of Honor, and the Giants have 14 numbers retired, including Eli’s number 10.