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Giants almost drafted Ben Roethlisberger in 2004

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03:34 PM ET 11.05 | The 2004 NFL Draft was pretty epic. The talent that came out of that class can be seen all across the league. The biggest 'national' talk out of that Draft is the trade that landed Eli Manning from the Chargers to the Giants. According to former Giant GM, Ernie Accorsi, the mere consideration of that trade might not have happened because of MAC QB star Ben Roethlisberger. The way Accorsi remembers it, according to an article on ESPN.com, the Giants almost did not make a trade for Manning and were very willing to select Ben Roethlisberger as their new rookie QB. We all can remember the drama leading up to the draft: Eli's daddy, Archie Manning, publicly said that he did NOT want his son landing in San Diego. What he didn't publicly say is that he felt his son was too good to land in a market like San Diego and deserved to be in a market like New York. The day of the Draft, the Chargers took Manning anyway. The Giants stepped up with the fourth pick and sat for a long time. The rumor swirling around at that point was that the Chargers were willing to trade Manning.

Nice Pick, Cowher

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November 5, 2012  05:27 PM ET

Before the Giants two SB wins, all the talk was how the Giants should have done this, should have done that. Well, after the Steelers and many rape accusations, I'm happy with the Giants pick. Just goes to show you, even revisionist historians dont know ****.

November 5, 2012  06:10 PM ET
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Before the Giants two SB wins, all the talk was how the Giants should have done this, should have done that. Well, after the Steelers and many rape accusations, I'm happy with the Giants pick. Just goes to show you, even revisionist historians dont know ****.

Steeler fans are happy with it too!

November 5, 2012  06:41 PM ET
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Steeler fans are happy with it too!

Yeah Eli as a Steeler, sorry can't see that

November 6, 2012  12:19 AM ET

Eli wouldn't have made it as a Steeler. Whining like a bi*ch about making millions of dollars and having to play with LT, Gates, and Turner in one of the nicest cities in America? What a hardship considering the filthy ghetto that he grew up in. He's a spoiled child like his brother....

November 6, 2012  12:23 AM ET
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Before the Giants two SB wins, all the talk was how the Giants should have done this, should have done that. Well, after the Steelers and many rape accusations, I'm happy with the Giants pick. Just goes to show you, even revisionist historians dont know ****.

Remember Eli under Fasel? Missing open receivers by 5 yards, other teams didn't bother covering deep receivers because they knew he couldn't deliver the ball? Deer-in-the-headlight look both during the game and in post-mortem interviews? He was much like Mark Sanchez with Rex Ryan. Then came Tom Caughlin, and life got better for Eli. What a difference a coach makes!

 
November 6, 2012  08:41 AM ET

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