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16 years after the Chargers drafted him, Eli Manning announces retirement

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Eli Manning never wanted to play in San Diego. How would he have felt about Los Angeles?

The number one pick of the San Diego Chargers in 2004, quarterback Eli Manning announced his retirement on Wednesday after 16 seasons in the NFL. Manning is a two-time Super Bowl champion and a three-time league-leader in interceptions.

Manning’s best season came in 2011, when he threw for a career-high 4,933 yards. a career-high 8.4 yards per attempt, and with a league-leading five fourth quarter comebacks and six game-winning drives; in the postseason, Manning posted a passer rating of 103.3 that season with nine touchdowns and one interception as the team he played for went 4-0. That team also went 4-0 in the postseason four years earlier. Manning went 0-4 in all other postseason appearances combined.

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The Chargers selected Manning with the first overall pick in 2004 and have had a great quarterback at the position for most of the 16 years since ...

(in addition to Shawne Merriman and Nate Kaeding.)