Eli Manning may have played for the Chargers
Former New York Giants’ quarterback Eli Manning did an interview with Trey Wingo, where he admitted that he may not have held out if the San Diego Chargers didn’t end up trading him to the Giants after using the first overall pick on him during the 2004 NFL Draft.
Of course Manning and his family made it clear prior to the draft that he would hold out if San Diego drafted him. Well they did draft him and then of course the Giants made the trade that sent quarterback Phillip Rivers and multiple draft picks to the Chargers in exchange for Manning.
“Whether I really would have held out or not, no one knows,” Manning said, via Giants Wire. “It may have just been a big bluff. But we felt it was the right move to say that and do that, and see if we could convince them not to draft me.”
It certainly sounds like Manning doesn’t know if he would have held out. Maybe the Chargers should have kept him. Would the Giants still have won Super Bowls with Rivers? I think so.
Manning is right though, the Chargers had some really good teams, it’s a shame they could never win a Super Bowl with Rivers along with guys like LaDainian Tomlinson and Shawne Merriman.
Manning ended up with the better situation after winning Super Bowls in 2007 and 2011 and playing for an organization that is certainly run better than the Chargers are under owner Dean Spanos.