Eli Manning Set the Record Straight on Why He Refused to Play for the Chargers

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SJ - October 7, 2021

Eli Manning was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2004 draft by the San Diego Chargers.  Despite the location of the franchise, Eli refused to play for them and forced them to trade him.

He was traded to the Giants for Philip Rivers and three draft picks.  It's been 17 years and the two time Super Bowl champ just set the record straight on why he refused to play for the Chargers.

From CBS Sports:

During an interview on the "10 Questions with Kyle Brandt" podcast, Eli finally revealed why he refused to play for the Chargers, who were then located in San Diego.

"It was my decision having talked with my agent, coaches, [general managers] and owners," Manning said. "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 very well."

I think the Giants were happy with their decision to trade for Eli.  They walked away with two Super Bowls.  All the Chargers got was a quarterback who couldn't stop knocking up his wife.


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