The No. 1 overall pick in the 2004 draft, Manning has played his entire career with the Giants, leading New York to two Super Bowl championships (and garnering two Super Bowl MVP honors along the way).
Needless to say, the football community -- in particular, Manning's former teammates -- didn't stay quiet on the surprising news that Geno Smith will assume starting quarterback duties in place of Manning.
Damn! Bench Eli? Man showed up every week for 14 years.— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 28, 2017
Eli deserves much better than that. Much better. Class person, class player. That's absurd— Osi Umenyiora (@OsiUmenyiora) November 28, 2017
I will say this without saying too much. Right is Right and Wrong is Wrong. One guy should not be demoted because of a TEAMS effort and lack production. If Eli gets demoted then the entire team should be demoted. All of his weapons are non existing and still the guys shows up every week and gives his all. That has to stand for something. There are ways to go about things and this is not the right way to go about this. Give him a fair evaluation under fair circumstances. I understand that this is a WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY LEAGUE... I posted this picture for one reason and one reason only. YOU NEED THE ONES WITH YOU THAT WILL RIDE FOR YOU!!!! ✌🏾💯
Eli Manning has been totally disrespected by the @Giants.— NFL_IRONMAN (@LFletcher59) November 28, 2017
The ambrosia of emotions right now!! Didn't think the @Giants season could get any worse now THIS!!— Shaun O'Hara (@ShaunOHara60) November 28, 2017
I'm absolutely speechless. I've watched every game & have sat through this rough @Giants season & this what you do to a man who has lead this team for 210 straight games— David Diehl (@davediehl66) November 28, 2017
Eli Manning you're always gonna be my QB. 2X Super Bowl MVP you can't make that shit up bro.— Brandon Jacobs (@gatorboyrb) November 28, 2017
They've lost their collective minds. https://t.co/4ZhSRhe4KG— David Carr (@DCarr8) November 28, 2017
I respect Eli more than Geno, no shade but Truth!#sorrynotsorry— Terrell Thomas (@TerrellThomas24) November 28, 2017
I️ don't agree with this decision at all and never will...nothing can be said that would ever change my mind!— Kevin Boss (@KevinBossman) November 28, 2017
Dear Eli, pic.twitter.com/M2Qxs2wyev— Lawrence Tynes (@lt4kicks) November 28, 2017
Even actress Kate Mara, a niece of Giants owner John Mara, weighed in:
ELI— Kate Mara (@katemara) November 29, 2017
So what's next for the youngest Manning? With only five weeks left in the season, it's possible No. 10 has played his last game in a Giants uniform. If so, perhaps other teams could be interested.
-- Meaghan Latella