Eli Manning Still Won’t Admit Why He Didn’t Want To Play For Chargers


Eli Manning has never come off as the egotistical type, so it would be very interesting to know why he or his father forced the hand of the San Diego Chargers in 2003.

Manning was asked about it during a Wednesday morning media session with San Diego reporters, and according to the Star Ledger, Eli evaded the questions.

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.”

Manning was asked on Monday if there was something about the city he didn’t like.

“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.”