Tiki On Eli Manning: "He's A Legend"

Tiki Barber shared his thoughts on Manning, who will reportedly retire from the NFL

Tiki and Tierney
January 22, 2020 - 6:18 pm

The New York Giants announced Wednesday that Eli Manning will retire from the NFL. The 39-year-old will hold a news conference this Friday to announce his decision.

The first overall pick in 2004, Manning was a two-time Super Bowl champion and two-time Super Bowl MVP. He started 210 straight games – second all-time among quarterbacks – and finished 117-117 in the regular season. He went 8-4 in the postseason, capping two magical playoff runs with Super Bowl wins over Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

Tiki Barber, who played with Manning from 2004 to 2006, reacted to Manning’s retirement in real time Wednesday.

“He put himself on a pedestal that you can never knock him down from,” Barber said. “People will talk to the interceptions and all [these] statistical things that make him not fit in the upper-elite, upper echelon. But there’s something about his story that you can’t discount and you can’t marginalize.”

A second-team All-American at Ole Miss, Manning was a four-time Pro Bowler and in 2016 was named Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year. The son of Archie and the brother of Peyton, he completed 60.3 percent of his passes for 57,023 yards, 366 touchdowns and 244 interceptions. 

Manning led the Giants to six playoff appearances, most recently in 2016.

“Eli was always, always the consummate professional, and we wish him nothing but luck in his potential retirement,” Barber said. “He’s a legend, and Giants fans will miss him.”