Philip Rivers is 35 years old. Anywhere outside of sports that would be considered in the prime of his career. In sports, at any other position but quarterback, that would be considered at the end of his career. But with players like Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Payton Manning all playing into their late 30’s and early 40’s, the quarterback of the once San Diego, now Los Angeles Chargers says he’s not hanging it up any time soon. Rivers has three more years on his current contract and spoke about his future with Adam Schefter on the Know Them From Adam podcast.
I don’t want to hang on at the end and just be a guy that’s hanging on. But if I still feel like I can help a team and I enjoy it the way I do and more importantly, if the team feels that I can help them. … I don’t see myself shutting it down any time real soon.
And he addressed how he thought the change of cities would effect him.
I’m thankful to be a part of this organization and while it’s hard for so many people, I’m excited about the challenge and the newness and the unknown that’s going to come with being in a new community and playing in a new stadium. But we’re going to still have that bolt on my helmet and I’m excited about what’s ahead.
The father of eight (two boys: Gunnar 8 and Peter 5) plans to follow in his own Father’s footsteps when he retires. Steve Rivers is a high school football coach.
I want to coach my boys and coach those boys that are 15 to 18 years old. There’s something about that 15- to 18-year-old boy, the time of their life that you can really impact them, not only on the field but off the field and still get the competitiveness that I love. I can’t imagine ever not having a team, being a part of a team trying to win a game. Hopefully a handful of years down the road that’s where I’ll be.
Rivers was drafted in 2004 at the same time as Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger who have both won Super Bowls. Asked if that gives him extra motivation:
I can honestly say, Ben and Eli winning championships in no way adds more motivation to wanting to win one. Am I aware of that? Honestly. Do I know that we’re always going to be linked as those three guys in that draft class? Absolutely, as we should. And that’s the one thing that will always come up thus far, is that I’m the one of those three that hasn’t been able to lead their championship. I want to do it for our team, do it for the Spanos family, do it for the organization and just find a way to get to the mountaintop with our teammates.
The Chargers are coming off back-to-back losing seasons, 5-11 in 2016 and 4-12 in 2015. In a division with the Kansas City Chiefs, Oakland Raiders and Denver Broncos, Rivers is going to have an up hill battle all the way.
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