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On Feb. 1, 1982, about a month after Eli Manning's first birthday, the New York Times ran a story about a confidential survey of National Football League teams on salaries. Manning becomes the first Giants player ever to be inducted into the Ring of Honor the season following his retirement. "I understand that being an emotional situation for him, for someone who has done as much as he has for the organization, who's been kind of the face of the organization for 16 years, it certainly makes sense he'd be emotional about the future of it".

"We all know about the two Super Bowl MVPs and all of the great performances on the field, but just as important was the way he conducted himself on and off the field as the consummate professional, always with dignity always with class".

"That's something I take seriously, his concern for it and the responsibility we all have as current Giants and where he's left the legacy of the organization". Jones was six years old when Manning arrived to the Giants in 2004.

"We joke about it a little bit, but it's not real amusing to him", said Manning, according to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated.

"This is not about me", he said.

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"He came in the office the following Monday and [said], 'Coach, I really know I can do this. If that weren't the case, it might've been harder to go through this situation".

Manning, in 2014, told PEOPLE about raising young kids with a family pet, saying that their dog Chester was "sweet" with little Ava and Lucy at the time.

"Wellington Mara used to say, 'Once a Giant, always a Giant.' For me, it's only a giant".

Eli Manning Said What? That alone will be enough to get him into Canton. "I think that will serve him well going forward". "When you think about the great moments in your career, those would be at the top of the list".

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