Quarterback Philip Rivers decided to end his 17-season NFL career on Wednesday and is expected to officially confirm the news during the day.
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The number 17 who played with the Indianapolis Colts in 2020 revealed his intentions to the daily “The San Diego Union-Tribune” the day before. The 39-year-old played with the Chargers during the first 16 years of his campaign. The fourth overall pick in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft was selected by the New York Giants, who also sent him to San Diego in a trade bringing Eli Manning to New Jersey.
Rivers has been invited to the Pro Bowl eight times, totaling 63,440 aerial yards, 421 touchdown passes and 209 interceptions. He has played 244 games, including the last 240 consecutively. The veteran is the author of the second longest streak of its kind in league history; Brett Favre dominates with 297.
“I just think it’s the time,” he simply told the California newspaper.
In fact, he is expected to lead the team at St. Michael Catholic High School in Fairhope, Alabama. This institution had hired him in May and his appointment will take effect upon his retirement.
“I can stay here and tell you that I can always throw a ball, that I love to play. But all of that will stay in place, he admitted. I am excited to be able to coach a school training. […] This is what I always wanted to do and this desire is growing in me. I can not wait anymore.”
In 2020, Rivers led the Colts to the first playoff round, where they lost to the Buffalo Bills. He completed 369 of his 543 passes for 4,169 yards, 24 majors and 11 interceptions.