Philip Rivers Tears Up About Chargers Leaving SD, But Will Still Go
Philip Rivers, who has spent his entire 13-year career with the Chargers, isn't thrilled about leaving. In fact, in 2015 he reportedly told friends that he would retire rather than play in Los Angeles. Rumors and Rants:
RIVERS AND HIS WIFE TIFFANY HAVE SEVEN CHILDREN AND THEY HAVE A GREAT LIFE IN SAN DIEGO. HE HAS NO DESIRE TO PLAY IN A CITY WITHOUT THEM AND HE’S NOT GOING TO MOVE THEM. IF THE CHARGERS WERE DEFINITELY GOING TO BE IN SAN DIEGO FOR THE LONG-TERM, RIVERS WOULD HAVE ALREADY WORKED OUT A CONTRACT EXTENSION WITH THE FRANCHISE. AS IT STANDS NOW, HE IS PLAYING OUT THE FINAL YEAR OF HIS DEAL AND WILL SEE WHAT HAPPENS WITH THE TEAM’S STADIUM DEAL.
That report came in April of 2015. But by August of that year Rivers had signed a four-year extension with the Chargers that will keep him with the team through 2019. The $84 million deal included $65 million guaranteed, according to the NFL Network.
Most surprisingly, it included no clause that would let him out of the deal if the Chargers moved -- even though he probably could have easily included one.
But Rivers said today he had to hold back tears when the move to Los Angeles was announced, and says he "hopes the fans understand." Hmm. We hope his wife and kids understand, too. That was a pretty big pivot, but business is business I guess.
Here's Rivers on the "Hardwick and Richards" radio show on XTRA 1360 Fox Sports San Diego:
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