Eli Manning finally caves and joins Twitter

Eli Manning finally caves and joins Twitter

What does Eli Manning — recently retired NFL icon, two-time Super Bowl winning quarterback for the Giants, husband and father of four young children — do as he waits out a global pandemic in his New Jersey home? He finally takes the plunge and joins Twitter. Now we’ve seen everything. Manning, 39, had been staunchly anti-social media during his 16 years with the Giants, not only as a non-participant but also as an uninterested non-observer. As he takes time off to figure out what comes next for him, he will do so as a member of the Twitterverse. Do not expect him to post anything that gets him banned from Twitter. It did not take long for Manning’s presence on social media to resonate around the NFL. Tom Brady, who has 1.1 million followers on Twitter, took a playful jab at the quarterback who beat him twice in Super Bowls with fourth-quarter comebacks. Brady welcomed Manning to Twitter and wrote, “In typical fashion, you never showed up until the 4th quarter anyway.’’ Manning came aboard early Saturday afternoon, passed 14,000 followers in about 30 minutes and approached 50,000 followers in about an hour. He was immediately verified with the coveted blue checkmark. His handle is a simple @EliManning, and his bio contains the one-sentence statement he used to say goodbye at his retirement press conference: “Once a Giant, Always a Giant, Only a Giant.’’ His profile picture is a classic pose: Eli, smiling, wearing a white shirt, tie and dark sport coat ...
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