It is every young boy’s dream to be picked first overall in the NFL draft, and in 2004 Eli Manning did just that. It was nightmarish situation, however, as he made it very clear that he did not want to play for the team with the first overall pick, and the team that drafted him, the San Diego Chargers.
After an intensely awkward thirty minutes, the Chargers finally gave in and traded the younger Manning to the New York Giants for Phillip Rivers, who was drafted three spots behind Eli.
When asked by reporters why he forced his way out of the San Diego organization, Eli claimed “I forgot, I think.”
When asked to go into detail, Eli refused.
“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.”
Manning did clarify that he enjoys the city of San Diego.
“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.”
While Manning may enjoy the city of San Diego, he should not expect a warm welcome when his Giants visit the city of San Diego to take on the Chargers this weekend.