Excerpt: "Star-Ledger beat guy Conor Orr provides a game-day treat for Giants' fans this morning.
As Eli Manning and Chargers quarterback Philip Rovers square off for just the second time in their careers – Rivers won the first matchup, Orr gives us a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the trade that altered the course of both franchises.
The story is a must-read.
Even if you are familiar with the trade, Orr digs up a few nuggets we’re sure you didn’t know as he had a lengthy conversation with then-Giants general manager Ernie Accorsi, who this week revisited perhaps his finest moment as an NFL executive.
Accorsi spoke in detail about the unsettling moments leading up to and immediately after the trade. He talked about the game of chicken he and Chargers general manager A.J. Smith played. He revealed his back-up plan had Smith backed out on the deal at the last minute.
In the end, the trade was a win-win for both teams.
The Giants got Manning. The Chargers received Rivers and three draft picks that eventually became kicker Nate Kaeding, a two-time Pro Bowler; linebacker Shawne Merriman, who was a three-time Pro Bowler, and veteran offensive tackle Roman Oben, who was a two-year starter.
Manning, of course, has led the Giants to a pair of Super Bowl titles, and the debate will rage on until the end of time on whether Rivers could’ve done the same." Read more....