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Draft day trade in 2004 has forever linked Eli Manning and Philip Rivers

  • New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) looks to pass as Washington Redskins inside linebacker Perry Riley hangs onto his jersey during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

    New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) looks to pass as Washington Redskins inside linebacker Perry Riley hangs onto his jersey during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)  (The Associated Press)

  • New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) is sacked by Washington Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo (98) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

    New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) is sacked by Washington Redskins outside linebacker Brian Orakpo (98) during the second half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)  (The Associated Press)

  • San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers looks to throw a pass against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

    San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers looks to throw a pass against the Cincinnati Bengals during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 1, 2013, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)  (The Associated Press)

Eli Manning doesn't feel comfortable talking about why he and his family didn't want him to play in San Diego in 2004.

The New York Giants quarterback gets a sheepish look and says he really doesn't remember why he spurned a city known for its mild climates and beaches.

It's in the past, and he'll keep it there.

The bottom line was the Mannings told the Chargers he didn't want to play in southern California and it forced their hand on draft day. The Chargers took Manning with the No. 1 overall pick and traded him to the Giants for Philip Rivers — the No. 4 selection — and three other picks.

A decade later, Manning and Rivers are still the quarterbacks for their teams, and they will meet again Sunday in San Diego.

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