Eli Manning, welcome aboard.
The legendary former Giants quarterback joined Twitter on Saturday, announcing it with a tweet in which he quoted the Jimmy Chitwood character from the movie “Hoosiers.”
The recently retired two-time Super Bowl MVP wrote, “To paraphrase Jimmy Chitwood, ‘I don’t know if it’ll make any change, but I figure it’s time for me to start playing social media.’”
Manning’s Twitter bio reads, “Once a Giant, Always a Giant, Only a Giant.”
In less than a half hour since posting his first tweet, the 39-year-old Manning already had more than 14,000 followers. He was following 10 accounts, including the Giants, Ole Miss football and the NFL.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady took a fun jab at Manning, tweeting Manning didn’t show up to Twitter “until the fourth quarter,” a reference to Manning’s victories over Brady and the Patriots in the Super Bowl.
Manning’s decision to join Twitter comes just over a month after former Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes announced on the social media platform he was trying to get his one-time teammate to come aboard.
Tynes posted a text-message conversation between the two, in which Manning said he was thinking about joining Twitter. Tynes told him he would instantly get a million followers.
“First question I get from anyone Giants or non Giants fan, “what’s Eli like?” He’s f–king hilarious and awesome that’s what,” Tynes wrote. “Most competitive dude I have ever met. Giants fans love him, America would love Twitter Eli #GMEN.”