Eli Manning reveals why he didn't want to play for the Chargers

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2004 NFL选秀第一顺位伊莱曼宁 (对) 与 NFL 专员 Paul Tagliabue 在纽约麦迪逊广场花园. Manning was traded to the New York Giants later in the day.

2004 NFL选秀第一顺位伊莱曼宁 (对) 与 NFL 专员 Paul Tagliabue 在纽约麦迪逊广场花园. Manning was traded to the New York Giants later in the day. (Photo by Allan Grdovic/Getty Images)

The rumor was Manning didn’t want to play for the Chargers. And for his entire 17-year career, the two-time Super Bowl champion never explained why he didn’t want to play in San Diego. 然而, during a recent interview on the10 Questions with Kyle Brandt” 播客, Manning finally publicly spoke about why he didn’t want to play for the Chargers.

It was my decision having talked with my agent, coaches, [general managers] and owners,” Manning said via CBSSports.com. “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, '嘿, please don’t draft me, it can be our secret,’ and they didn’t keep the secret part very well.

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Eli Manning poses with a New York Giants jersey with his family during the 2004 NFL Draft at Madison Square Garden. Manning was selected No. 1 by the San Diego Chargers then traded to the New York Giants for Philip Rivers.

Eli Manning poses with a New York Giants jersey with his family during the 2004 NFL Draft at Madison Square Garden. Manning was selected No. 1 by the San Diego Chargers then traded to the New York Giants for Philip Rivers. (Photo by Bob Leverone/Sporting News via Getty Images via Getty Images)

Manning has had previous opportunities to explain why he didn’t want to play for the Chargers. 早在 2013 before the Giants took on the Chargers in San Diego, Manning was asked why he didn’t want to play for the team and his response was, “I forgot.

Many people believed Eli’s father, 阿奇, had an influence on him and where he was going to play. 然而, Eli says that was far from the truth.

It wasn’t my Dad. He was trying to take the heat off of me, he knew I was going to get criticized,” Eli Manning said on the podcast. “之后, the Chargers turned it around, they got Shawne Merriman, then Drew Brees started playing great, then Philip (河流) started playing great, they went to AFC Championship games, they’re making playoffs and turned things around.

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, 剩下, and coach Tom Coughlin look at the Vince Lombardi Trophy as they celebrate after the Giants beat the New England Patriots 17-14 在里面 2008 Super Bowl in Glendale, 阿里兹.

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, 剩下, and coach Tom Coughlin look at the Vince Lombardi Trophy as they celebrate after the Giants beat the New England Patriots 17-14 在里面 2008 Super Bowl in Glendale, 阿里兹. (美联社照片/查理·里德尔, 文件)

Manning was drafted by the Chargers but was traded to the Giants one hour later. In return, the Chargers received Philip Rivers, 一个 2004 third-round pick (that turned into kicker Nate Kaeding), 一个 2005 first-round pick (used on linebacker Shawne Merriman), 和一个 2005 第五轮选秀权.

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