One of the most productive and consistent quarterbacks in league history, Rivers played the first 16 years of his career with the then-San Diego (later Los Angeles) Chargers before signing with Indianapolis last March. "He throws it the same way and anytime I try to tell him, he says, 'Dad, you throw it that way.' So I've left him alone also".
When the Colts lost to the Buffalo Bills 27-24 on January 9 during the NFL's Super Wild-Card Weekend, the first question during Rivers' postgame press conference had been: Have you decided if you're playing next season? I wish Philip, Tiffany and the entire Rivers family the best and thank them for their contributions to our organization and community.
That all changed Wednesday morning when it was announced that Rivers is retiring and jumping into life as a high school football coach in Alabama.More news: Second case of the highly contagious COVID strain confirmed in MA
This was Rivers' only season with Indianapolis, spending the first 16 seasons of his career with the Chargers. "I think at the end of the day that's clearly what will guide the decision".
The 38-year-old quarterback was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2004 National Football League draft.
Rivers, who wore No. 17 throughout his 17 seasons, played in 244 games, starting the final 240 of those without interruption. Among NFL quarterbacks, only Brett Favre posted a longer streak as a starter.
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He also finished his career ranked fifth in career completions (5,277), yards passing (63,440) and touchdown passes (421), and as the Chargers' franchise record-holder in every major passing category.
After being selected fourth overall in the 2004 draft, he was quickly traded to the New York Giants for Eli Manning.
Rivers told The Union-Tribune that while the topic of retirement has been floated around in the past, this time around it felt "real". "So I want to coach my boys and I want to coach young boys down the road". "Thank you to all my coaches that helped me grow as a player and person. But I think the actual motion kind of stays with what's most comfortable and muscle memory and how you get used to throwing it".More news: Kremlin dismisses calls to free Navalny, warns against protests