Eli Manning was drafted by the San Diego Chargers with the No. 1 general choose within the 2004 NFL Draft, however he by no means performed a down for the staff as a result of he was traded to the New York Giants.
The rumor was Manning didn’t wish to play for the Chargers. And for his complete 17-year profession, the two-time Tremendous Bowl champion by no means defined why he didn’t wish to play in San Diego. Nevertheless, throughout a latest interview on the “10 Questions with Kyle Brandt” podcast, Manning lastly publicly spoke about why he didn’t wish to play for the Chargers.
“It was my determination having talked with my agent, coaches, [general managers] and house owners,” Manning stated by way of CBSSports.com. “Going by means of the draft course of, I used to be simply apprehensive in regards to the Chargers group on the time. I felt it was the fitting determination, and I had a little bit pull. I quietly tried to say, ‘Hey, please do not draft me, it may be our secret,’ and so they did not preserve the key half very properly.”
Manning has had earlier alternatives to clarify why he didn’t wish to play for the Chargers. Again in 2013 earlier than the Giants took on the Chargers in San Diego, Manning was requested why he didn’t wish to play for the staff and his response was, “I forgot.”
Many individuals believed Eli’s father, Archie, had an affect on him and the place he was going to play. Nevertheless, Eli says that was removed from the reality.
“It wasn’t my Dad. He was attempting to take the warmth off of me, he knew I used to be going to get criticized,” Eli Manning stated on the podcast. “After that, the Chargers turned it round, they obtained Shawne Merriman, then Drew Brees began enjoying nice, then Philip (Rivers) began enjoying nice, they went to AFC Championship video games, they’re making playoffs and turned issues round.”
Manning was drafted by the Chargers however was traded to the Giants one hour later. In return, the Chargers acquired Philip Rivers, a 2004 third-round choose (that became kicker Nate Kaeding), a 2005 first-round choose (used on linebacker Shawne Merriman), and a 2005 fifth-round choose.