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Eli Manning on retirement plans: ‘Football is my love and passion’

While Eli Manning has not been subjected to the same level of scrutiny that brother Peyton Manning has had to tolerate over the years when it comes to his post-playing future, there certainly remains interest in what the former New York Giants quarterback will set out to do in retirement.

Whatever the youngest Manning brother ultimately decides, he is certain it will involve football in some capacity. Speaking to service members and their families during a recent USO video conference call, Manning indicated he doesn’t expect to arrive at his decision until he takes a year or so off to reflect and settle into retirement.

One thing Manning is certain of, however, is that he has no interest whatsoever in becoming an NFL coach.

“I really wanted to try to take a year off and just try to gather my bearings and get settled with my family and figure out what I want to do in that next chapter,” Manning said, via Giants.com. “I know one thing: I don’t want to be an NFL coach. I’ve seen what our coaches do and the hours they put in, and I enjoy being with my family and enjoy coaching some of their sports teams.”

Simply stated, Manning stressed that football remains in his blood, even if his time playing the game is finished.

“Football is my love and passion,” Manning said. “It is all I’ve known for the last 25 years and all I’ve been doing. I don’t think I can stray too far away from that. I’d like to hope to do something with the Giants, stay involved with them. I probably need a little break right now just because it’s so new.”

Manning went on to say he’s simply enjoying retirement at this point. What’s more, the two-time Super Bowl champion hopes to be more “hands-on” in the football-related second chapter of his life, which perhaps could even include coaching at the high school level.

Manning also expressed uncertainty during the conference call about pursuing a career in broadcasting, an endeavor brother Peyton does not appear all that interested in, either.