These Players Said No Thanks To The Team That Drafted Them

athletes | 7/16/19

It’s draft day and the moment you’ve been waiting for has arrived. You’ve worked your whole life for this, and you couldn’t be more nervous and ecstatic. You’re well aware of the possible teams that might draft you, and you have your mind set on the places you would like to go. You don’t want the team with a horrible front office or depleted cast of decent players. When the commissioner calls your name, and it’s one of those dreaded places you feared; what do you do now? Here are the professional players that refused to play for the team that drafted them!

No Bolts For Eli

Eli Manning  calls a play in the fourth quarter against the Detroit Lions
Abbie Parr/Getty Images
Abbie Parr/Getty Images

On NFL draft day 2004, Eli Manning was set to become the number one pick by way of the San Diego Chargers. Days before, Eli’s father and former quarterback, Archie Manning, stressed that his son would not sign with the Chargers if they selected him. They knew a star college quarterback could have their career ruined if picked by a lousy team.

The Chargers still chose him and Eli reluctantly shook hands while holding up the Chargers jersey. Later that day, the New York Giants pulled off a blockbuster trade, and Eli returned the favor with two Super Bowl rings.

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