Philip Rivers announces his retirement after 17 years in the NFLBy Ryan Ward
After 17 years in the NFL, veteran quarterback Philip Rivers has decided that the 2020 campaign will be his last.
On Wednesday morning, Rivers announced his retirement after nearly two decades in the league. The longtime then-San Diego Chargers and Los Angeles Chargers quarterback felt it was time to walk away even after a successful season with the Indianapolis Colts, via ESPN.
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“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.”
It appears Philip Rivers will now go from playing under center in the NFL to coaching high school in Fairhope, Alabama.
“I can sit here and say, ‘I can still throw it. I love to play,'” Rivers told the Union-Tribune. “But that’s always going to be there. I’m excited to go coach high school football.”
Unlike past veterans that have struggled with the idea of retirement, Rivers seems content with his decision and eager to start his new career as a coach on the sideline.
In 244 games during his potential Hall-of-Fame career, Rivers threw for 63,440 yards, 421 touchdowns and 209 interceptions.
He’ll easily go down as one of the best quarterbacks in Chargers history and walked away from the game fully capable of being able to continue to play.