On Saturday, the New York landmark will honor Manning by shining its tower lights in navy, white, and red with a No. 10 on the mast.
Manning announced his retirement from the NFL Friday after 16 seasons at a news conference that included former college and pro coaches, former teammates, and family members among others. The event, held at the Quest Diagnostic Training Center, was so packed that it needed to be moved from the auditorium (where press conferences usually take place) to the field house because there was more room.
Giants co-owner/CEO John Mara said Manning will be inducted into the Giants Ring of Honor sometime during the 2020 season.
“And please know this: No Giant will ever wear No. 10 again,” Mara said.
Manning is the Giants’ all-time leader in completions (4,895), passing yards (57,023), and touchdowns (366). He served as a team captain for 13 years, leading the Giants to victories in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI.
Manning will be the second professional athlete honored by the Empire State Building this week.
On Wednesday, its tower lights lit up in blue and white pinstripes with a No. 2 in honor of former New York Yankees shortshop Derek Jeter. Jeter was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility with 99.7 percent of votes, the second highest percentage in Major League Baseball history and the highest by a position player.