From 1998-2006, Ernie Accorsi oversaw a Giants team that reached Super Bowl XXXV, while also laying the framework for the Giants' Super Bowl XLII and XLVI titles.
And while Accorsi acquired key players like Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck, Antonio Pierce, and Plaxico Burress, the biggest move of his tenure as general manager is unquestionably his trade for Eli Manning during the 2004 NFL Draft.
As Manning officially retired from the NFL on Friday, Accorsi was there to celebrate the quarterback's illustrious career.
"First of all, I'm happy he's retiring a Giant. I'm happy he's going out the way he's going out," Accorsi told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. "He expressed it better than I can. I feel great for him. I always said that I took a lot of heat for that trade and so did he, and it wasn't his fault. I put him in that situation and he had no control over it. I'm glad it worked out."