In the 2004 NFL draft, the Chargers selected Eli Manning first overall. Manning was a Charger for an awkward half-hour during which he reiterated what he had said before the draft — that he wouldn’t play for the Chargers — before San Diego traded him to the Giants. Now Manning is preparing to play the Chargers and the quarterback he was traded for, Philip Rivers, but Manning would prefer not to talk about the past.
Asked by reporters today why he didn’t want to play for the Chargers, Manning answered, “I forgot, I think.”
Source: Michael David Smith, NBC SportsEli Manning: I Can’t Remember Why I Didn’t Want To Be A Charger by Seth Moed