The San Diego Chargers had the top pick, but Manning and his father, Archie, said Eli would refuse to play for them.
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"Eli's a big boy, he's played a lot," said his father, Archie, who threw passes for 15 years in the NFL. "He's a tough guy. I'm very confident Eli will handle it."
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