The time has come, dadgummit.
Rivers, who turned 39 in December, told Acee that "t's just time" for him to step away from the game and he is totally "at peace with the decision". Among NFL quarterbacks, only Brett Favre posted a longer streak as a starter. After 17 years Rivers is a Hall of Famer!
"Every year, January 20th is a special and emotional day", Rivers said. Sebastian is often referred to as the patron saint of athletes.
Rivers' 421 passing touchdowns ranks fifth all time and has a lot of gaudy numbers to go along with it, including over 63,000 passing yards, which also ranks fifth all time.
He's off to coach high school football in Alabama.
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"My dad was my high school football coach", Phil said. "It's been growing. I can't wait". Rivers' eldest son, Gunner, is in seventh grade. His completion percentage (68%) was the second highest of his career and he led the Colts to an 11-5 mark and their second playoff appearance since 2015.
Circling back to the National Football League side of Rivers' retirement, there are certainly quarterback market implications with his departure. It was Rivers' only one with Indianapolis, after spending the first 16 years of his career with the San Diego Chargers.
"He had an awesome career", Ekeler said. "I'm curious to see how many assistant coaches resumes I get in the next 10 minutes or so".
Rivers added he's "100 percent at peace" with the choice to hang up the spikes.
He spoke fondly of San Diego, where the family lived when eight of his nine children were born. "I'm thankful. God put us there". The Chargers selected Manning with the No. 1 pick, then swapped him to the New York Giants.
"As my playing career comes to an end, the next chapter begins". This year felt different.