Excerpt: "Ernie Accorsi had no idea how he was affecting the power structure of the NFL when he traded for Eli Manning on draft day, 2004. All the then-GM of the Giants cared about was his team.
But, looking back, as Manning and Ben Roethlisberger get set for one of their rare head-to-head showdowns Sunday, itís accurate to call it a four-Super Bowl deal, five if you throw in the one Roethlisberger lost.
The Giants had Roethlisberger ahead of Philip Rivers on their value board and Accorsi confirms they would have taken him with the fourth pick had Archie Manning not objected the thought of his kid playing for the Chargers. Turns out Eliís dad was quite the prophet. And that would have left the Steelers, drafting eighth, with Rivers.
Would Eli have won two Super Bowls with the Chargers? Not likely, considering the path of that dysfunctional franchise.
Would Roethlisberger have won two Super Bowls with the Giants? Maybe, if Roethlisberger stayed healthy the right seasons.
Would the Steelers have won two Super Bowls with Rivers? Probably not. At least he hasnít so far shown he can win many big games.
That means, of course, Pittsburgh fans have Accorsi to thank for their recent success.
Had they played each other more often than just twice (Big Big won their rookie meeting, Eli won in 2008), this could have been a rivalry to match the one Eliís brother, Peyton, has with Tom Brady.
Think about it. Either Roethlisberger or Manning has quarterbacked in five of the last seven Super Bowls." Read more...