Philip Rivers Announces Retirement, 17-Year NFL Career Filled With Guts

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Former Los Angeles Charger and current Indianapolis Colt Philip Rivers call it quits and hang up the helmet.

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Former Los Angeles Charger and current Indianapolis Colt Philip Rivers call it quits and hang up the helmet.

17 seasons, 63,440 passing yards, 421 touchdowns and a passer rating of 95.2. Rivers is top five in yards and touchdowns all-time. Many believe, a Hall of Fame-caliber career.

Rivers, 39, told Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune that it was time to step away from football. As a player.

"I can sit here and say, 'I can still throw it. I love to play,'" Rivers told the Tribune. "But that's always going to be there. I'm excited to go coach high school football."

Aside from being known as an elite trash talker, Rivers truly gave every ounce of commitment to the game of football. Rivers had 252 straight starts at quarterback. Not missing one game. That is the second-longest streak of all time, behind Brett Farve's 297.

"I am grateful to the Chargers for 16 seasons, and the Colts for the 17th season," said Rivers in his farewell statement. "Thank you to all my coaches that helped me grow as a player and person. Thanks to the support staff. I appreciate the opposing defenses making it challenging physically and mentally every week. I also enjoyed the banter."

Rivers reportedly played through a torn ACL in the 2007 AFC Championship against the New England Patriots and Tom Brady in his gutsiest performance.

But that was then, and this is now. Rivers will now be on the coaching hat and get much more time with Halle, Caroline, Grace, Gunner, Sarah, Peter, Rebecca, Clare, and Anna. His 9 kids.


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