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Years later, Eli Manning talks about 2004 draft-day trade

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2021-10-08 18:40:24 GMT+00:00 – After 17 years, a profession that led to 2 Super Bowl victories and a spot within the prime 10 of quite a lot of all-time quarterback lists, Eli Manning lastly talked about why he did not wish to play for the San Diego Chargers, the group that drafted him No. 1 general in 2004.

“It was my decision having talked with my agent, coaches, [general managers] and owners,” Manning mentioned on the “10 Questions with Kyle Brandt” podcast, which was posted Thursday.

“Going through the draft process, I was just worried about the Chargers organization at the time. I felt it was the right decision and I had a little pull. I quietly tried to say. ‘Hey, please don’t draft me, it can be our secret,’ and they didn’t keep the secret part of it real well.”

At the time, the Chargers hadn’t had a profitable season in 10 years and have been 1-15 in 2000 – the identical season the Giants misplaced Super Bowl XXXV to the Baltimore Ravens.

The Chargers took Manning No. 1, then traded him inside an hour to the New York Giants for No. 4 general draft choose Philip Rivers and three future draft picks. Taken between them have been Robert Gallery at No. 2 to the Oakland Raiders, who turned out to be a bust, and future Hall of Fame broad receiver Larry Fitzgerald.

Many folks lengthy have speculated that Manning’s father, Archie, was behind the play to maintain Eli out of San Diego. Eli mentioned that wasn’t true.

“My dad just tried to take some heat off of me,” Manning mentioned. “He knew I’d get criticized, he didn’t love the idea of it at first just because it was going to cause a lot of drama.”

The trade labored out for each groups.

Both Manning and Rivers are the all-time main passers for his or her groups. Manning threw for 57,023 yards, Rivers for 63,four hundred and forty yards in 16 seasons with the Chargers and one with the Indianapolis Colts. Rivers is fifth all-time in passing yards and Manning is eighth.

Manning was a two-time Super Bowl MVP; Rivers was named to the Pro Bowl eight occasions.

–Field Level Media

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