Eli Manning discusses coronavirus outbreak in New York, retirement from NFL
Eli Manning was certainly expecting more family time with his retirement from the NFL, but nobody was expecting stay-at-home orders when the Ole Miss legend decided to end his professional football career. Manning recently talked about life at home and much more in a wide-ranging interview with the New York Post. He says it helps that he doesn’t have an upcoming season to worry about.
“It’s just an uncertain time,” Manning said. “I’m not scared of it, just uncertain and we just gotta wait and as I said, be patient. I think I’d be more anxious if I knew I was playing football next year, and I had to get out and start workouts and really start throwing and I gotta get to a gym, but I don’t have those things I have to be doing right now. I have the things that are important to me right here in my house, and that’s my family, and so I’m taking care of them and do I think I’m at peace with that.”
While Manning is certainly a Southerner, his Giants career has made the New York City metro his adopted home. The NYC/New Jersey/Connecticut area has become a coronavirus hotspot. Manning is confident that the community will ultimately get through the pandemic.
“We’re doing everything possible to get through this,” Manning said when asked for his message to New York and New Jersey. “We’re taking the right steps, and obviously, this is an uncertain time. But, I think this country, and the Northeast and New Jersey and New York, are resilient and we’re tough and we kind of find a way to fight through things. That’s what we’re gonna have to do. You just kind of figure out a way. It’s not gonna be easy, it’s not gonna be perfect, and there will be ups and downs and struggles. But we’re gonna help out each other, we’re gonna lend a hand when we need to, and that’s kind of what this is about: It is an unknown, it is something that’s new. But, it’s something like that we will figure out and get a handle on and beat it.”