Eli Manning can now add a professional sports team owner to his resume. It was recently announced that the former New York Giants quarterback has become the new minority owner of NJ/NY Gotham FC, a women’s professional soccer club based in Harrison, New Jersey. The team plays in the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) and was originally called Jersey Sky Blue until April 2021.

“I have lived and worked in this community for nearly two decades,” Manning said in a statement. “This is my home, and Gotham FC is my family’s favorite football club. Combine that with the organization’s strong leadership, talented roster and steady growth, and it’s become clear that joining this great group was a fantastic opportunity.”

Gotham FC play their home matches at Red Bull Arena in Harrison. The team is a founding member of the NWSL when it launched in 2012. Founded in 2007, Gotham FC began playing in the W-League of United Soccer Leagues. The team recently fired head coach Scott Parkinson after a 4-0-8 start to the season.

“My family has always believed that sport is a great way to instill values ​​and promote healthy development in young people,” Manning added. “Sport teaches so much about teamwork and work ethic, and it helps build confidence. And as a dad, I want to make sure my daughters have all the sporting opportunities I’ve had. luck, and that’s why I’m happy to announce that I’m the new owner of the National Women’s Soccer League team of Gotham FC, New York and New Jersey imagine what’s more exciting than making it part.”

Manning, 41, retired from the NFL after the 2019 season. During his 16 seasons with the Giants, Manning was a four-time Pro Bowl selection, led the Giants to two Super Bowl wins and twice won the Super Bowl MVP award. Manning threw for 57,023 yards and 366 touchdowns, and both stats are ranked in the top 10 in NFL history. Manning’s No. 10 was retired by the Giants and he was inducted into the team’s Ring of Honor.