Eli Manning: I can’t remember why I didn’t want to be a Charger

Dec 1, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) watches from the bench against the Washington Redskins in the third quarter at FedEx Field. The Giants won 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Remember when Eli Manning threw a fit when he was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the 2004 NFL draft? His complaining forced a trade to the New York Giants, and the Chargers wound up with Philip Rivers at quarterback.

“I forgot, I think. I just can’t remember, it’s been 10 years. It slipped my mind,” Manning said, via Conor Orr of the Star-Ledger. “Ten years ago, I don’t know. I can’t remember.”

It probably had to do with being on the pine behind Drew Brees for two seasons. It could have had something to do with being in the AFC with his brother Peyton Manning as well.

When Rivers did get in the Chargers weren’t horrendous. Rivers led the Chargers to 1 14-2 record in 2006, and an 11-5 record the following season. Still it all worked for Manning who has since won two Super Bowls with the Giants.

Just to be clear, Manning doesn’t have a problem with San Diego, just the Chargers.

“I have nothing against San Diego as a city,” Manning said. “We had our rookie symposium there and besides that, we’ve had a few other things, I know it’s a beautiful city and great weather. There’s a lot of great things to it.”

Topics: Eli Manning, New York Giants, San Diego Chargers

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  • jeffrey scharf

    Were just fine with rivers

    • John Bauer

      Not really, You play to WIN the SUPER BOWL GO CHARGERS Will have my powder blue on this Sunday ! ! !

  • 1961 Fan

    Manning can’t remember; that is a lie. The old man “Archie” wants his sons to play in a bigger market and under ownership that is progressive not retarded like Dean spanos.

  • trinity

    The giants definitely got the better end of the deal. Eli is by no means perfect, but Philip rivers is the biggest choke artist in the league outside of romo. They will never win a damn thing with rivers under center

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