Eli Manning has not made a commitment to his future with the Giants, said his father Archie.
The Manning family patriarch said on Tuesday he does not believe Eli has decided what he will do beyond this disastrous Giants season.
“Eli he was heartbroken, but he certainly wasn’t making any plans for next year,” said Archie. “You can’t do that. It’s too many games left. Everything will shake out. It’s been a tough year for the Giants.”
Archie was in midtown at the Hilton hotel to see his other son, Peyton, be honored by the College Football Hall of Fame, but a day after Giants head coach Ben McAdoo and GM Jerry Reese were fired, all anyone wanted to talk to Archie about was Eli and the Giants.
Eli Manning sat out a game for the first time since early in his rookie year Sunday as Giants lost to Oakland.
“I don’t really have much to say about it,” he said. “I’ve played pro football, I’ve seen people get fired and I don’t like it. I don’t like to see anyone get fired. It’s been hard with the injuries they’ve had this year. Jerry Reese has been doing this a long time. It’s just unfortunate.”
Peyton also weighed in, saying he had dinner with Eli on Monday night and he seemed to be handling everything well.
“I saw Eli last night. We had a great Tennessee family, immediate family dinner last night to celebrate this occasion,” he said. “I’ve always been very proud of Eli, always supported him as well, just as he has me throughout my entire career.”
Whether or not Eli starts on Sunday against the Cowboys is undetermined, though Eli told WFAN’s Mike Francesa that he pled to interim head coach Steve Spagnuolo to play the remaining games.
Archie plans to attend Sunday’s game at MetLife Stadium and will be in the area the rest of the week and said that whatever happens, Eli will be prepared to play.
“I think his mind and focus is on trying to play a game next Sunday if they want him to play next week and play again, he understands,” said Archie. “They have a young guy there they want to see and he’s a team guy and he’ll do what the Giants ask him to do.”
Archie also said Eli loves playing for the Giants, and the amount of support he has received from the fans, teammates and players around the league has meant a lot to him and his family.
Meanwhile, Archie just continues to encourage his youngest son.
“Eli is emotional. It’s football. It’s life. It’s not the end of the world,” Archie said. “Just hang in and be classy and I think he did. It was kind of an unusual week but he handled it and we’re proud of Eli.”