Manning looks back on 'fun' '04 draft day

Quarterback Eli Manning talked about the day the Giants acquired him in 2004 and his team's upcoming contest against the San Diego Chargers.

New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning talks about the team's upcoming game against the San Diego Chargers. He speaks about the team being prepared as well as being reminded of the link to Philip Rivers since they were traded for one another during the 2004 draft.

"I see a talented team," said Manning of San Diego. "They do a good job of getting to the quarterback. They have a number of different looks and blitzes and have good players across the board," said New York Giant's quarterback, Eli Manning. The Giants play against the San Diego Chargers this Sunday and both teams have a record of 5-7. Although the Giants had a rough 0-6 start, Eli says, "You just have to keep it one game at a time… After that, we'll see what the scenario looks like next week."

Although some may see it as a much-needed victory for the Giants, their game against the Chargers will be a reminder of their class of 2004 draft. San Diego had originally picked Eli Manning, while New York had chosen Philip Rivers, both of who were swapped to the other team. Although that twist of fate will be brought to light again on Sunday, Manning did not have too much to say on the topic.

"I'm just looking forward to going out there and seeing if we can get a win," Manning commented.

When it comes to the 2004 draft, Manning has fond memories.

"Ultimately, I remember it as a positive day and a fun day of my life," and that he even kept in touch with most of the guys from the same class, including Philip Rivers," Manning explained. "I met Philip in college and did some football camps and different things together. I've sent him text messages and called him over the years, congratulate him on seasons and different things… He's had a tremendous career and is playing great this year and he's a good football player." Overall, Manning has not reminisced about that draft day and noted, "I've never looked back on those things and I think it's worked out well for both programs."

When it comes to the upcoming game Manning seemed to feel confident in both body and mind.

"Sometimes it just depends on the type of sack or on the hit. Sometimes a hit is usually worse," noted Manning.

"It all depends on how many big hits you take and I really haven't taken too many." First and foremost, Manning is ready to get another win to advance their record along side of his teammates. "Whether it's Justin Tuck or Terrell Thomas, defensive, offensive, Andre Brown, you want your guys to have success. If they're having success, it usually means the team is having success. If you're winning games, you want those players to go out there and have great games."

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