Elisha Nelson Manning IV was born on 3 January, 1981. He is an American football quarterback for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Mississippi from 2000 to 2003. He was drafted as the first overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers and was immediately traded to the Giants who in return gave up a package, highlighted by fourth overall selection Philip Rivers. Manning is the son of former NFL quarterback Archie Manning and the younger brother of former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning.
The San Diego Chargers originally held the rights to the first overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft due to their 4-12 record in 2003. With Eli being the most coveted player in the draft, it appeared that the Chargers’ intentions were to draft him first overall. However, at a time Manning stated publicly that he would refuse to play for the Chargers if drafted by them.
During Week 9 against the Los Angeles Rams, Eli finished with 220 passing yards, 2 touchdowns, and an interception as the Giants lost by a score of 51–17. During the Rams game, he became the seventh quarterback to reach 50,000 passing yards.