It’s a well-known fact that Philip Rivers is one of the most annoying trash-talkers in the game.
The 38-year-old Los Angeles Chargers quarterback has been needling opponents with what he calls “competitive banter” for years now. While Rivers keeps his trash-talk G-rated, the volume and energy with which he delivers it can get under your skin.
During the Chargers’ 45-10 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, Yannick Ngakoue learned that the hard way:
What are the chances Yannick heard the words “90-yard touchdown” in his dreams that night?
Many NFL players have come to realize that Rivers is a natural motor-mouth. Kansas City Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu commented on the above video on Twitter, saying, “Rivers might be the funniest trash talker ever. He don’t mean no harm lol”.
Ngakoue apparently did little to draw Rivers’ wrath, even helping him up after knocking him to the turf, but other opponents have found that trash-talking the eight-time Pro Bowl quarterback often backfires.
“There’s no need to talk trash to Philip because he feeds off of that so we’re not going to give him what he needs. Basically, if we start talking trash, he may play better,” former NFL linebacker Tamba Hali once told Chargers.com.
Most quarterbacks leave the verbal barbs to their teammates, but Rivers breaks the mold.
“It’s definitely a way to get under people’s skin and get in their head. He’s a dying breed. It’s very rare that you come up against a quarterback that’s not afraid of anybody,” Linebacker Wesley Woodyard told Titans.com of Rivers. “It doesn’t matter how hard you hit him, he’s going to keep on talking and keep making plays and let you know he made plays.”
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