The Chargers selected Manning with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2004 draft.

“With our without the NFL’s platform, I will continue to work for the people because my platform is the people.”

Beyonce made a distinction about the message Kaepernick hoped to send when he began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016: It was to draw attention to the work that remains to be done in America in terms of race relations, not to protest against those who serve selflessly to defend the nation.

Vitt, meanwhile, testified that Cerullo lied about family emergencies while taking two personal leaves of absences during that 2009 season and referenced a time when Payton needed to ask for police protection for his family when he was out of town because he considered Cerullo a threat. Vilma’s attorneys made similar accusations about Cerullo’s work performance.

The Giants then grabbed Rivers with the fourth overall pick. Because Manning said he did not want to play in San Diego, the Chargers and Giants struck a deal and swapped quarterbacks.

The two have been among the NFL’s most reliable players since, but Manning’s consecutive-starts streak of 210 games will come to an end Sunday after he was benched in favor of Geno Smith when the Giants play the Raiders.

“I honestly thought it was pathetic,” Rivers said Wednesday when asked of Manning’s demotion by Giants coach Ben McAdoo. “He’s been out there 210 straight games — with no telling how many bumps and bruises and injuries — for his team. He won two Super Bowl MVPs. And with the respect he’s had in the locker room over the years, and really the respect he’s gained throughout the league, you feel like the guy has earned the opportunity — if they are in fact deciding to go another direction — he’s earned the opportunity to finish it off these last five weeks.”panthers_099

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