In the 2004 NFL draft the San Diego Chargers had the number 1 overall pick. The top Quarterback in everyones eyes was the little brother of Peyton Manning (the best regular season qb of all time) Eli Manning.
Eli told the chargers dont draft me because i dont want to play for you guys, what did the chargers do?.. they drafted him. The Giants, who was the team that Eli wanted to go to drafted a qb that was a coaches son out of NC State... Philip Rivers. Chargers and Giants made a draft day trade of swapping the two qb's and also in return the chargers got the rights to Shawne Merriman.
In the beginning this looked like a great deal to the Chargers because they got a young premier pass rusher and a qb for the future since Chargers still had Drew Brees on the team, and Giants look like they got a (i really dislike Eli so this comment isnt nice but i honestly dont care) shitty qb.
But lets fast forward to the 2007 NFL playoffs... Eli and the Giants make it into the playoffs as a wild card team and go on the road to beat the John Gruden led Bucs, the Tony Romo Cowgirls, and going up to Lambeau Field and beating the 13-3 Favre led Packers in the NFC Championship game.
Rivers and the Chargers on the other hand had one of their best playoff runs in the past 10 years when they beat a all he does is win Vince Young led Titans team, to then go on the road to Peytons House and beat the colts on a game winning drive by backup qb.. Billy Volek, because Rivers tore his ACL in the game. AFC Championship game, 1 game from the superbowl, the Chargers go to New England to play the undefeated Patriots. Philip Rivers played with a torn ACL, L.T. one game away from his first superbowl look uninterested from the sideline while sitting on a bench with his helmet on and a jacket covering him from the cold (L.T. is my favorite player of all time and i know he was hurt in the game but he could of should a little interest and been at least a cheerleader to his teammates). Chargers lost the game because of their lack of scoring touchdowns in the redzone. So undefeated Patriots against Eli and the Giants in Arizona for the superbowl... but wouldnt of it been great to see Eli vs. Rivers in the Superbowl to see which one would show their the better player? (and also actually seeing the chargers in the superbowl.. had to put that in their sorry).
Well we all know what happened the dline for the gmen played AMAZING and Eli made one of the most memorable superbowl plays of all time and little brother Manning won a superbowl... but does this mean Eli is better than Rivers?
NO! Eli deserves his credit and yah he does have the ring that Rivers doesnt have, but lets be realistic now... Rivers is one of the most accurate passers in the NFL and Eli is one of the most inconsistent passers in the NFL. Rivers is a fiery competitor that refuses to lose, while Eli just mopes around and puts his hand up everytime something wrong happens. Rivers has thrown for 4 straight 4,000 yard seasons, while Eli just has 2 straight 4,000 yard seasons. If you compare the weapons that both have, Rivers just had Gates, untill Vincent Jackson started emerging the past 2 years, and Eli had Plax (which i feel like he threw him the ball on almost every play, especially in the NFC championship game in 2007 up in Green Bay) and he had a slot receiver in Steve Smith, and now has players like Victor Cruz and Hakeen Nicks. Dont get me wrong i think Eli is a great player but just because he has a superbowl ring and Rivers doesnt, does not make him a better QB than Philip Rivers.