Originally written on Overtime  |  Last updated 11/19/14
Back during the 2004 NFL Draft was probably the most intriguing draft for any New York Giants fan within recent times and perhaps even ever. The team was coming off a 4-12 campaign that saw former head coach Jim Fassel get canned for the letdown of a season that followed a surprising 10-6 playoff appearance. In came Tom Coughlin and his no-nonsense philosophy to run a tight ship. Also on the way out was veteran quarterback Kerry Collins who became an NFL-journeyman during and after battling alcoholism. In the ’04 draft the Giants had the fourth selection and it was obvious that then-general manager Ernie Accorsi coveted Ole Miss QB Eli Manning – badly. To make things go more towards the Giants’ way of things, Manning had let his desire be known that he wished to not play for the San Diego Chargers — the team who owned the number one overall selection. The Chargers were mentioned as to actually preferring NC State quarterback Philip Rivers despite his awkward side-arm release – which...
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