Coach Prime: Top Colorado football stars 'going to be an Eli' in 2025 NFL draft

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Coach Prime is advising top Colorado football stars like Shedeur Sanders, Travis Hunter, and Shilo Sanders to strong-arm their way to their preferred teams -- calling the maneuver "pulling an Eli" in reference to Eli Manning refusing to play for the San Diego Chargers in 2004 and forcing a trade to the NY Giants on draft night.

Deion Sanders went on the Million Dollaz Worth of Game podcast to declare as much.

"All this is subjective because I know where I kind of want them to go," Sanders said (58:55 mark) (h/t Bleacher Report). "And let's not forget Shilo (Sanders). But I know where I want them to go. There's certain cities where it ain't going to happen. ...It's going to be an Eli [Manning]."

Coach Prime had begun advocating for Colorado football QB Shedeur Sanders to avoid cold cities

This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone, truthfully. Coach Prime had already begun advocating for his son Shedeur to end up in a warm-weather city.

“Like, I don’t want my kid [Shedeur] going nowhere cold next year," Coach Prime said of Shedeur (h/t Denver Sports). "He grew up in Texas. He played in Jackson, played in Colorado. Season’s over before it gets cold in Colorado. I’m just thinking way ahead. I don’t want that for him.”

This rhetoric has given teams like the Dallas Cowboys hope that Shedeur can end up forcing his way to a team in his home-state of Texas, while other franchises -- even the in-market Denver Broncos, who play less than 30 miles from CU's campus -- may be out of luck even if they take part in any "Tank for Shedeur" masterplans.

Manning overcame the stigma of making a trade demand, winning two Super Bowls and becoming a Giants legend in the process. While Shedeur, Hunter, and Shilo may face scrutiny out of the gates, it'll be forgotten if their teams end up winning with their help.