For 17 years, one of the crucial puzzling questions on the earth of sports activities was why Eli Manning didn’t need to play for the Chargers after being chosen with the No. 1 general decide by the franchise within the 2004 NFL draft.
The query was not too long ago answered by Manning himself on the “10 Questions with Kyle Brandt” podcast Thursday.
“It was my determination having talked with my agent, coaches, [general managers] and house owners,” Manning advised Brandt.
“Going by means of the draft course of, I used to be simply nervous in regards to the Chargers group on the time. I felt it was the appropriate determination and I had somewhat pull. I quietly tried to say ‘Hey, please don’t draft me, it may be our secret,’ they usually didn’t maintain the key a part of it actual effectively.”
Up till the draft, rumors swirled that Manning would sit out the 2004 season if he was drafted by the Bolts and lots of debated whether or not it was his dad, his agent, or the quarterback himself who felt that the Chargers weren’t the appropriate workforce to play for.
“My dad simply tried to take some warmth off of me,” Manning mentioned. “He knew I’d get criticized, he didn’t love the thought of it at first simply because it was going to trigger numerous drama.”
Lower than an hour after he was drafted by the Chargers, Manning was traded to the Giants for quarterback Philip Rivers and three draft picks. And because the saying goes, the remaining is historical past.
“The Chargers turned it round they usually acquired Shawn Merriman, Drew Brees began enjoying nice, Philip [Rivers] performed nice they usually went to the AFC championship recreation, they’re making playoffs and turned issues round and performed very well,” Manning mentioned.
Manning completed his skilled profession with the Giants with 57,023 passing yards, 366 landing passes, and 4,895 completions. He is just one of 5 gamers in NFL historical past with at the very least two Tremendous Bowl MVPs.
Between 16 seasons with the Chargers and his lone stint with the Colts, Rivers posted 63,440 passing yards, behind solely Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and Brett Favre. The eight-time Professional Bowler is also fifth in league historical past with 421 landing passes.
In the course of the entirety of his profession, the two-time Tremendous Bowl champion by no means revealed why he didn’t need to play for the Chargers; nevertheless, now that he’s retired, it could be a motive for his determination to open up in regards to the rumor.