EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – 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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