Photo: Rusty Kennedy/AP First NFL game, first NFL hit: Jerome McDougle lays out Eli in September 2004. It wasnt really anything you could control, Eli says now. It wasnt like a certain hit. It was just something that came up on him, and, with it being a neck, you cant really mess with that too much. Eli shrugs his shoulders. I knew he wanted to be out there. I knew he didnt like just sitting around, not doing anything. Thats not his style. But, you know, I think he also knewit wasnt like he had a choice. Oh, maybe I can tough it out It wasnt a tough-it-out scenario. He couldnt throw, really.
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