Playing the game of football doesn’t last forever, but doing so for seventeen seasons is quite impressive. Philip Rivers nearly spent all seventeen seasons with the Chargers before departing via free agency for the Indianapolis Colts. Rivers and the Colts were able to reach the playoffs before losing to the Buffalo Bills in the Wild Card Round.
With the team’s early exit from the postseason, Rivers spoke to the San Diego Tribune to announce his retirement from the NFL.
Philip Rivers’ statement to ESPN is dadgum tremendous: pic.twitter.com/30KaEFGy0X
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 20, 2021
According to the San Diego Tribune’s Kevin Acee, Rivers won’t be fully stepping away from football as he will become the new head coach at St. Michael Catholic High School. The move was settled upon in May upon his retirement.
After being drafted 4th overall in the 2004 NFL Draft, the 39-year old finished his professional career with 63,440 passing yards while completing 64.9 percent of his passes. He also threw 421 touchdowns and 209 interceptions.
While Rivers was never able to lead the Bolts to a Super Bowl, he will go down as one of the most productive quarterbacks in the league. The Hall of Fame may not be too crazy of an idea for him either. Thank you for Philip Rivers!