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2004 NFL Draft: Eli Manning, Philip Rivers & Ben Roethlisberger
2019 marks the 16th season for players selected in the 2004 NFL Draft, which featured New York Giants quarterback ELI MANNING (first overall), Los Angeles Chargers quarterback PHILIP RIVERS (fourth) and Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER (11th).
Over the course of their NFL careers, Manning, Rivers and Roethlisberger have all become their respective franchise leaders in passing yards and touchdown passes, and the trio represents three of the eight players in NFL history with at least 50,000 passing yards and 350 touchdown passes in their careers.
New York Giants quarterback ELI MANNING ranks seventh in NFL history in passing yards (55,981) and eighth in touchdown passes (360). Eli has also played 232 career regular season games surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer MICHAEL STRAHAN (216) for the most in Giants team history.
In Week 11 of the 2018 season, Manning had a 94.4-percent completion percentage (17 of 18) and tied Pro Football Hall of Famer FRAN TARKENTON (94.4 percent on November 13, 1977) and CRAIG MORTON (94.4 percent on September 27, 1981) for fifth highest in a single game in NFL history (minimum 15 attempts).
Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers ranks sixth in league history in passing touchdowns (374) and eighth all-time with 54,656 passing yards. He passed for 4,308 yards in 2018 and joined PEYTON MANNING (14), DREW BREES (12) and TOM BRADY (10) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history with 10 seasons of at least 4,000 passing yards.
Rivers has started 208 consecutive games dating back to September 11, 2006, and became the fourth quarterback in NFL history to start at least 200 consecutive games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (297), ELI MANNING (210) and PEYTON MANNING (208).
In 2018, Rivers threw at least two touchdown passes in each of the Chargers' first 12 games and became the fourth quarterback in NFL history with two or more touchdown passes in each of his team's first 12 games to start a season.
In Week 12, Rivers completed 28 of 29 passes (96.6 percent), the highest completion percentage by a quarterback in a single game in league history (minimum 20 attempts). In that contest, he completed his first 25 pass attempts, tied for the most consecutive completions by a quarterback in a single game in NFL history (NICK FOLES, December 30, 2018, at Washington).
Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger ranks sixth in league history with 56,194 passing yards and seventh all-time in passing touchdowns (363). In 2018, he led the NFL with a career high 5,129 passing yards, his second-career passing title (4,952 yards in 2014) and became the seventh player to surpass 5,000 passing yards in a single season in league history. Roethlisberger also led the league with 452 completions, the fourth-highest single season total in NFL history.
Last season, Ben Roethlisberger became the first player to record multiple games with at least 450 passing yards in a season (Weeks 2 & 12) and has six career games with at least 450 passing yards, the most among all players in in league history.