After a 17-year long career, Philip Rivers retired. One of the most prolific quarterbacks in NFL history said farewell to pro football. Philip Rivers have spent 16 years with the San Diego (Los Angeles) Chargers. He played for the Indianapolis Colts last season. In his statement, he claimed that being a quarterback in NFL was his childhood dream.
Even though Rivers have never played in Super Bowl, he ranks fifth in NFL history with 63,440 passing yards, only behind Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and Brett Favre. Philip was a Pro Bowler eight times in his career. He is also ranked fifth in touchdown passes (421), behind Brady, Brees, Manning and Favre.
Wanted to retire on a special date
In his statement, Rivers said that he wanted to announce his retirement on January 20, because it is St. Sebastian’s day, a patron saint of the athletes. The announcement also came 13 years to the day when he played with torn ACL in the Chargers’ loss to the Pats in the AFC Championship game. “Every year, January 20th is a special and emotional day,” Rivers said. “It is St. Sebastian’s Feast day, the day I played in the AFC championship without an ACL, and now the day that after 17 seasons, I’m announcing my retirement from the National Football League. Thank you, God, for allowing me to live out my childhood dream of playing quarterback in the NFL.”
Despite his trademark throwing style and well-known trash-talking without cussing, Philip Rivers ended his career as a record-holder in every major passing category in the Los Angeles Chargers’ history.
Rivers passed for 4,169 yards and 24 TDs this season, leading the Colts to an 11-5 record and a wild-card berth in the AFC playoffs. Indianapolis was eliminated earlier this month with a 27-24 loss to the Buffalo Bills. “I am grateful to the Chargers for 16 seasons, and the Colts for the 17th season,” Rivers said in his statement. “Thank you to all my coaches that helped me grow as a player and person. Thanks to the support staff. I appreciate the opposing defenses making it challenging physically and mentally every week. I also enjoyed the banter. I appreciate the referees for putting up with all my fussing. I think I was right most of the time dadgummit“!
Will stay in football as a coach
Philip Rivers initially revealed his decision to the San Diego Union-Tribune late Tuesday night. He told the newspaper that he intends to stick with his plan to coach high school football. Last summer, he accepted the head coaching job at St. Michael Catholic High School in Fairhope, Alabama, where he hopes to coach his sons – just like his father coached him.
Rivers won 134 career games, ranked second among quarterbacks without a Super Bowl ring, and he is eighth all-time. Only Brady (230), Peyton Manning (186), Ben Roethlisberger (156), Brees (172), and Hall of Famers Bret Favre (186), John Elway (148), and Dan Marino (147) won more regular-season games.
Philip Rivers retired from the NFL, but what do you think, does he deserve to get his place in the Hall of Fame?