HomeSportsPhilip Rivers Retiring From NFL After 17 Seasons: ‘Next Chapter Begins’

Philip Rivers Retiring From NFL After 17 Seasons: ‘Next Chapter Begins’

by Thad Mitchell
(Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)

It is hard to find many National Football League players that have the career Philip Rivers has.

After 17 prolific years in the NFL, Rivers is announcing that he will retire and ride off into the sunset. Rivers was the first-round draft pick of the San Diego Chargers in 2004 and played for the team for 16 or his 17 seasons. Last season, he was signed as a free agent by the Indianapolis Colts and started each game of the season for the team, leading them to a playoff appearance.

Despite his one season in a different uniform, Philip Rivers will always be remembered as a Charger. His list of accomplishments is long and he is likely to receive NFL Hall-of-Fame consideration once he is eligible. During his playing days, Rivers made the Pro Bowl eight times and ranked near the top of the league in numerous statistical categories. Known for his unorthodox release point, River played a tough-minded brand of football.

“It’s just time,” he says in an interview with the San Diego Union Tribune. “It’s just right.”

The quarterback plans to pursue another personal dream of his in coaching prep school football. As he says, his “playing career comes to an end, the next chapter begins.”

Phillip Rivers Ranks as an All Time Great Quarterback

The quarterback’s retirement comes at the age of 39 and 17 years is considered a lengthy career by NFL standards. Rivers stat lines rank up there with some of the all-time greats to ever play the game.

He ranks fifth in NFL history with 63,440 passing yards behind only names like Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Tom Brady and Favre. Rivers also comes in fifth in all-time NFL touchdown passes with 421. He ranks only behind those same four quarterbacks in the touchdown passes category.

Despite playing for a brand new team and a brand new offensive system, Rivers had a successful 2020. He passed for 4,169 yards and 24 TDs this past season. Those numbers lead the Colts to an 11-5 record and a wild-card berth in the AFC playoffs. The team was eliminated from the playoffs in the first round by the Buffalo Bills.