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John Mara to Eli Manning: ‘No Giant will ever wear No. 10 again’

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 1/24/2020 Pat Leonard

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John Mara instantly retired Eli Manning’s jersey as he introduced the quarterback at Friday morning’s retirement press conference.

“No Giant will ever wear No. 10 again,” Mara assured Manning.

Mara also got choked up recalling the final game of 2004, Manning’s rookie year. He it was the final game his father, Wellington, ever saw, and his dad turned to John afterwards and said: “I think we found our guy.”

“From the very first moment, I did it my way,” Manning said when he stepped to the podium to officially signal the end of his Giants career. “I couldn’t be something other than who I am.”

He added: “No one loved and appreciated being a Giant more than me. And that will never change.”

Manning closed his opening remarks with: Wellington Mara always said ‘Once a Giant, always a Giant.’ For me, it’s only a Giant.'

When asked by the media why he decided to retire now and instead of pursuing opportunities with another team, Manning said, “it was important to me to go out as a Giant.”

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