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End of an Era

Eli Manning talks Derek Jeter's Hall of Fame vote, Tom Brady's jealousy in retirement conference

Eli Manning's quarterback career has come to an end.

After first announcing his departure earlier this week, the former New York Giant gave a press conference Friday thanking the team that let him walk away "feeling like a New Yorker, or at least a northeasterner. And while it's easy to say "once a Giant, always a Giant," Manning closed his speech by acknowledging he was "only a Giant."

After his prepared speech, Manning took questions from the media, which he kicked off by acknowledging the one vote that had kept fellow New Yorker Derek Jeter from a unanimous Hall of Fame induction. "Which one of ya'll didn't vote for him?" Manning joked to the gathered reporters before saying Jeter had been a "great role model for me all these years."

Manning was later asked about a Friday tweet from the New England Patriots' Tom Brady where he congratulated Manning on his retirement. "Not going to lie though, I wish you hadn't won any Super Bowls," Brady tweeted, seeing as Manning's two Super Bowls came from beating Brady twice. Manning said it was something they "joke around" about, but "it's not real funny to him."

Find Manning's whole remarks here, and his press conference here.