The 39-year-old gave a seven-minute speech in front of a jam-packed room for his press conference, and stated "I did it my way." He refused to be a backup any longer or to even play with another franchise other than the Giants. The team's co-owner John Mara confirmed that they would place Manning in the Ring of Honor at MetLife Stadium next season and that his No. 10 jersey would be retired. He was very emotional over this news, referencing Manning's final game of his rookie season in 2004, where he rallied the Giants past the Dallas Cowboys, as that was the final game co-owner Wellington Mara watched before passing away.
Manning holds just about every passing record in Giants franchise history, this after being the No. 1 overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers, who traded him to the Giants on draft day. It took him just nine games that season to become the Giants' starter, which he was for 222 consecutive games. That streak came to an end in December of 2017, and then he was benched in favor of Jones, the Duke Blue Devil rookie, after some struggles to begin the year. Despite all of that, Manning will more be known for his Super Bowl wins in the 2007 and 2011 seasons, rather than his 127-127 career record as a starter. And now the Giants can fully focus in on Jones as their future and the organization must now move forward in a consistently tough NFC East division.