Philip Rivers Retires After 17 Seasons
Rivers has officially decided to call it quits after 16 seasons with the Chargers and one season with the Colts. He said he would wait until next month to decide on his status for next year following a 27-24 loss to the Bills during Wild Card weekend, but he ended up needing less than two weeks.
Rivers put together a Hall of Fame-caliber career over his 17 seasons. He took over as the Chargers starting quarterback in 2006 and didn’t miss a single start over the past 15 seasons. He threw for over 4,000 yards in 12 of 15 seasons as a starting quarterback, and he eclipsed the 4,500-yard plateau in five of them. He also racked up at least 30 touchdown passes in six seasons and earned eight trips to the Pro Bowl.
The only thing that eluded Rivers during his career was a trip to the Super Bowl. He made the playoffs seven seasons, but he was never able to get past the AFC Championship.
With Rivers moving on from the NFL, the Colts will be in the market for a new quarterback. Backup Jacoby Brissett is also an unrestricted free agent, which leaves the team without their top two quarterbacks from last season.
Rivers will reportedly take over as head coach at St. Michael Catholic High School in Alabama, which should give him more time to spend with his nine children.