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Why did Philip Rivers retire? Ex-Chargers, Colts quarterback calls it quits after long NFL career

A Rivers ran deep by way of the NFL for almost twenty years, and now he runs out.

Longtime NFL quarterback Philip Rivers introduced his retirement on Wednesday to Kevin Acee of the San Diego Tribune after a prolonged 17-year profession, with 16 of these seasons coming with the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers. 

Rivers’ 240 straight begins is the second-longest streak in NFL historical past, trailing solely Brett Favre, and sadly his profession ends on a bitter observe, dropping the wild-card sport to the Payments. Rivers retires with no Lombardi Trophies to his identify, and simply 5 postseason victories total.

Now, the gold jacket debate begins: Whereas Rivers would not have a championship ring, he retires as one of the vital prolific passers of his period, as one of many “Huge Three” quarterbacks taken in 2004, together with Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger. 

Rivers’ determination to step away was a reasonably easy one.

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Why is Philip Rivers retiring?

Rivers, who turned 39 in December, advised Acee that “t’s simply time” for him to step away from the sport and he’s completely “at peace with the choice.” After a 17-year profession, who may blame him?

Within the quarterback’s personal phrases, “the time is true” — however there’s one other issue that pushed him in direction of retirement.

Rivers will not be unemployed for lengthy, as he’ll be taking a job because the soccer head coach of St. Michael Catholic Excessive Faculty in his native Alabama, one thing he is seemingly very excited to do.

“What has helped me come to this (determination) is the rising want to educate highschool soccer,” Rivers mentioned. “That’s what I’ve at all times wished to do. It has been rising. I can not wait.”

In line with NFL Community’s Ian Rapoport, the Colts had been anticipating Rivers to announce his retirement. This was Rivers’ solely season with Indianapolis, spending the primary 16 seasons of his profession with the Chargers.

Rivers, who was chosen No. 4 total by the New York Giants within the 2004 NFL Draft, was despatched to San Diego the identical evening in change for No. 1 total choose Eli Manning, together with a future first-round choose. Manning retired following the 2019 season. 

Rivers’ 421 passing touchdowns ranks fifth all time and has quite a lot of gaudy numbers to go together with it, together with over 63,000 passing yards, which additionally ranks fifth all time.

Sadly, playoff success by no means actually got here for Rivers, profitable simply 5 playoff video games throughout his profession, visiting the AFC championship sport simply as soon as, in 2007.

With Rivers stepping away from the sport, he is bought loads of time to spend with his nine children.

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