On the morning of Wednesday, January 20th, 2021, Philip Rivers released a statement. This statement was one that NFL fans around the league were nervously expecting and that many Colts fans were dreading.
After 17 seasons, Philip Rivers’ NFL career has come to a close
The 39-year old’s statement began by saying,
“Every year, January 20th is a special and emotional day. 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.”
He proceeded to thank his coaches, support staff, referees, and wife, and nine children.
Players around the league took to Twitter to express their gratitude at having played with the Colts Quarterback.
Texans’ J.J. Watt called Rivers, “One of the smartest I’ve ever played against and a hell of a competitor.”
Vikings’ Quarterback Kirk Cousins praised the expectations Rivers’ set both on and off the field. “Thanks for your example as a QB, a team leader, a Dad, and a man of faith. So fun to watch,” he stated.
Rivers ended his statement with a glance towards the future, “As my playing career comes to an end, the next chapter begins.”
For the Alabama native, this next chapter has already been laid out.
Michael Catholic High School in Fairhope, Alabama, named him their ‘head coach in waiting’ in last year’s offseason.
Like his father before him, coaching high school football has been Rivers’ dream for a long time. Now, it is one he can finally fulfill.
Despite never winning a Superbowl, Rivers leaves a legacy that is nothing short of incredible.
His 63,440 passing yards put him at 5th most all-time in the NFL. Rivers also ranks 5th in most passing TDs ever, with 421.
The eight-time pro bowler spent the first 16 seasons of his career with the Chargers; fourteen in San Diego and the final two in Los Angeles. His last season came in Indianapolis, where he led the Colts to the playoffs.
A year removed from his tenure with the team, Rivers leaves a legendary dent in the Chargers record books. Far and away from the team’s most prolific passer of all time, he holds 30 different franchise records, nearly all passing related.
Not only that, but Rivers has proved himself to be an iron man throughout his time playing pro football.
To end his career, Rivers started an astounding 252 straight games. That’s good enough to tie him at 3rd in the NFL all time.
One of the most accomplished and hard-working QBs of all time, Melvin Gordon’s Tweet, perfectly puts many NFL fans’ thoughts.
“The game gon miss you, Philly.”