The not-so-bitter goodbye

Updated: April 28, 2004, 9:39 PM ET
By Adrian Wojnarowski | Special to ESPN.com

After officials hustled Eli Manning from Madison Square Garden to the Jersey Meadowlands, they marched the fresh-faced quarterback into an NFL Draft day gathering in the practice bubble. All at once, everyone cheered the No. 1 pick, an ovation to wash away the boos back on the Madison Square Garden podium, to toast the prodigy out of football's first family of quarterbacks.

Kerry Collins never had it so warm and wonderful on his way into that practice bubble five years ago. There was no ...

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