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Philip Rivers

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Philip Rivers

Philip Rivers did an incredible job at NC State, winning the ACC Offensive Player of the Year and ACC Player of the Year in 2003, while also winning three bowl MVPs.  His success with the Wolfpack, earned him the fourth overall spot in the 2004 draft, and he arrived in San Diego as part of a draft day trade for Eli Manning, the top pick who made it known he would not play for the Chargers.

Spending his first two seasons as Drew Brees’ backup, Rivers took over in 2006 and would routinely finish each season at or near the top of the major passing categories.  An eight-time Pro Bowl selection, Rivers led the NFL in Passing Yards in 2010 (4,710) and had 12 other seasons where he cracked the 4,000 Yard mark.  Rivers also led the NFL in Touchdown Passes in 2008 (34) and he never had a year where he had less than 21 TDs as a starter.

Rivers never made it to the Super Bowl, but in 2007 he took the Chargers to the AFC Championship Game, a loss to New England.  San Diego may have lost the game, but Rivers was commended for his performance as he competed with a torn ACL. 

The Chargers were looking to move on, and Rivers played one more season in 2020 with the Indianapolis Colts, still performing at an elite level and guiding the Colts to the playoffs.

Rivers finished his career fifth all-time in Passing Yards (63,440) and Touchdown Passes (421).

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Decatur, Alabama, U.S.A.
  • Position: Quarterback
  • Played For: Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Chargers, San Diego Chargers
  • College: North Carolina State
  • Drafted: 1st Round, 4th Overall in 2004
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Pro Bowl (2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2017 & 2018)
    AP Comeback Player of the Year (2013)
    PFWA Comeback Player of the Year (2013)
    Most Pass Completions (2015)
    Most Pass Attempts (2015)
    Most Passing Yards (2010)
    Most Passing Touchdowns (2008)
    Highest Passer Rating (2008)
    Most Passing Yards per Game (2010)
    Most Yards per Pass Attempt (2008, 2009 & 2010)
    Most Yards per Pass Completion (2009)
    Highest Pass Completion Percentage (2013)
    Super Bowl Rings (None) 

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten Finishes: Approximate Value (5) (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2013)
    Top Ten Finishes: Pass Completions (7) (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 & 2018)
    Top Ten Finishes: Pass Attempts (6) (2010, 2011 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2019)
    Top Ten Finishes: Passing Yards (13) (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 & 2020)
    Top Ten Finishes: Passing Touchdowns (11) (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017 & 2018)
    Top Ten Finishes: Passer Rating (2) (2008 & 2010)
    Top Ten Finishes: Passing Yards per Game (10) (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2019)
    Top Ten Finishes: Yards per Pass Attempt (10) (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2020)
    Top Ten Finishes: Yards per Pass Completion (7) (2008, 2009, 2010, 2016, 2017, 2018 & 2019)
    Top Ten Finishes: Pass Attempts per Game (4) (2011, 2015, 2017 & 2019)
    Top Ten Finishes: Pass Completions per Game (7) (2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017 & 2019)
    Top Ten Finishes: Pass Completion Percentage (11) (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2018, 2019 & 2020)
    Top Ten Finishes: QBR (6) (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2018)

  • Notable All Time Rankings:

    5.   Pass Completions: 5,277
    5.   Passing Yards: 63,440
    5.   Passing Touchdowns: 421
    6.   Pass Attempts: 8,134
    10. Yards per Pass Attempt: 7.8
    12. Approximate Value: 216
    12. Passer Rating: 95.2
    14. Passing Yards per Game: 260.0
    14. Pass Completion Percentage: 64.9%
    18. Pass Completions per Game: 21.6
    23. Pass Attempts per Game: 25.1

Should Philip Rivers be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 50%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 50%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%
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