Philip Rivers retires from NFL after 17 years to end his childhood dream. Rivers spend his first 16 seasons with the Chargers before signing a 1-year deal with the Colts. Rivers will go down as one of the most prolific quarterbacks to ever play the game. While Rivers never played in a Super Bowl, it was one of the few glaring omissions on an otherwise remarkable resume. He ranks fifth in NFL history with 63,440 passing yards, behind only Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, and Brett Favre. The eight-time Pro Bowler also is fifth in league history with 421 touchdown passes — again behind only Brady, Brees, Manning and Favre.
there will never be another.
thank you for everything, 17. pic.twitter.com/cMZhtX7T70
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) January 20, 2021
Rivers said in his statement that he wanted to announce his retirement on Jan. 20, which is the Roman Catholic Church’s feast day for St. Sebastian — often referred to as the patron saint for athletes. The announcement also came exactly 13 years to the day after Rivers played with a torn ACL in the Chargers’ loss to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship Game. Between his trademark throwing style and his penchant for trash-talking without cussing, Rivers carved out his own niche in the NFL and retires as the Chargers’ franchise record-holder in every major passing category. The Chargers congratulated Rivers on his retirement, tweeting “there will never be another.
Thank you, Philip. pic.twitter.com/znBe1x8TJP
— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) January 20, 2021
Rivers passed for 4,169 yards and 24 TDs this past season, leading the Colts to an 11-5 record and a wild-card berth in the AFC playoffs. Indianapolis was eliminated earlier this month with a 27-24 loss to the Buffalo Bills. Indianapolis was hoping to have Rivers back for one more season with the hopes of another playoff run. The Colts, who added Rivers to provide stability at quarterback after Andrew Luck’s surprising retirement before the 2019 season, also thanked Rivers on Twitter. The Chargers acquired Rivers in a 2004 draft-day trade that sent the top overall pick, Eli Manning, to the New York Giants. Manning went on to win two Super Bowls with the Giants and retired after last season. With Rivers retiring, where will the Colts turn to for their QB position? Could we see Carson Wentz, Matthew Stafford, or someone else heading to Indianapolis next season?