Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning has worn a uniform that his father wore during his first season as a New York Giant.
The jersey, which Manning wore in his first NFL game on Sept. 11, 1997, featured a star on the front of the jersey, as well as the number 9, the same number his father had on his jersey before he died of the disease.
The Giants signed Manning to a five-year, $50 million contract extension that kicks in in 2019.
It was not immediately clear whether the jersey Manning wore on the field on Sept, 11, will be retired.
The jersey was worn by former NFL star Edgerrin James and former NFL running back Edgerrick Dupree.
James wore the jersey for the first time at Super Bowl XXXIX on Feb. 7, 1966, when he led the Atlanta Falcons to a 20-19 victory over the New Orleans Saints.
James had been diagnosed with AIDS in the late 1960s.
James played for the San Francisco 49ers, Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers before retiring.
Dupree, the last surviving player from the Pittsburgh Steelers, wore the shirt for his final game as a member of the Steelers in 2002.
Dupre’s jersey was retired in 2007 and replaced by a white jersey with a number 9 in gold.