Eli Manning says he “forgot” why he didn’t want to play for the Chargers

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With the New York Giants preparing to face off against the Chargers this Sunday,  quarterback Eli Manning is being hit with the questions on why he didn’t want to play for them after they used the first overall pick of the 2004 draft on him.

Conor Orr of the Newark Star-Ledger grilled Manning.

Ten years later, what was the reason you were against it?

“I forgot, I think.”

Obviously there was something, I mean, come on…

“I just can’t remember, it’s been 10 years. It slipped my mind.”

Was it about trying to maneuver to the right organization?

“Ten years ago, I don’t know. I can’t remember.”

There was a mystery that day, like some people said you wouldn’t even put the Chargers hat on when you were drafted. (Video here shows Manning awkwardly tucking it underneath the San Diego jersey)

“Did I put the hat on? No? I didn’t put the hat on?”


“I just, my hair was feeling good that day. I didn’t want to mess it up.”

Earlier, Manning was asked if there was something about the city he didn’t like. he didn’t cite that as part of the reason, either.

“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.”


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