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Philip Rivers

Philip Rivers in practice on the USS Ronald Reagan.
San Diego ChargersNo. 17
Quarterback
Date of Birth: December 8, 1981 (1981-12-08) (age 25)
Place of Birth: Decatur, Alabama
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) Weight: 228 lb (103 kg)
National Football League Debut
2004 for the San Diego Chargers
Career Highlights and Awards
Career History
College: North Carolina State
NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
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Stats at NFL.com

Philip Rivers (born December 8, 1981 in Decatur, Alabama) is an American football player who plays quarterback for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the New York Giants with the fourth overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. However, a draft-day trade sent Rivers, as well as the Giants' first- and fifth-round picks in the 2005 NFL Draft to the Chargers in return for Eli Manning. He played college football at North Carolina State. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (2000x1312, 1488 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Philip Rivers Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner used to... “Chargers” redirects here. ... In team sports, the squad number, shirt number, jersey number, sweater number, or uniform number is the number worn on a players uniform. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... is the 342nd day of the year (343rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Decatur, Alabama is a city in Morgan County, Alabama, with a small portion in southern Limestone County. ... The 2004 season of the National Football League (NFL) was the 85th one played by the major professional American football league in the United States. ... “Chargers” redirects here. ... In professional American football, the Pro Bowl is the all-star game of the National Football League (NFL). ... The 2007 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl is scheduled to take place on February 10, 2007, at 1:00 p. ... The Senior Bowl is an all-star college football exhibition game usually played either at or towards the end of the college football season in January. ... The Atlantic Coast Conference Athlete of the Year award is given to the male and female athlete who show extraordinary talent throughout the entire season. ... The Champs Sports Bowl is an annual college football game that is played in Orlando, Florida. ... The Toyota Gator Bowl is an annual college football bowl game that is played at ALLTEL Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. ... The Champs Sports Bowl is an annual college football game that is played in Orlando, Florida. ... The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is one of the oldest collegiate athletic leagues in the United States. ... This is a list of athletic conferences of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). ... North Carolina State University is a public, coeducational, extensive research university located in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. ... The NFL Draft (officially the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting[1]) is an annual sports draft in which National Football League (NFL) teams take turns, through seven rounds[2], selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players. ... The 2004 NFL Draft took place on April 24th and 25th of 2004. ... “Chargers” redirects here. ... The 2004 season of the National Football League (NFL) was the 85th one played by the major professional American football league in the United States. ... is the 342nd day of the year (343rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1981 (MCMLXXXI) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays the 1981 Gregorian calendar). ... Decatur, Alabama is a city in Morgan County, Alabama, with a small portion in southern Limestone County. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... “Chargers” redirects here. ... NFL redirects here. ... This article is about the current National Football League team. ... The 2004 NFL Draft took place on April 24th and 25th of 2004. ... The Rivers-Manning trade was a NFL trade that occurred on the first day of the 2004 NFL Draft. ... The 2005 National Football League Draft , took place on April 23 and April 24, 2005[1] at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, New York. ... Elisha Nelson Eli Manning (born January 3, 1981 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a professional American football player and the starting quarterback for the New York Giants of the NFL. He is the younger brother of Peyton Manning and Cooper Manning and the son of Archie Manning. ... A college football game between Colorado State and Air Force. ... North Carolina State University is a public, coeducational, extensive research university located in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. ...

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Early years

When Rivers was in kindergarten, he worked as a waterboy at Decatur High School in Decatur, Alabama, where his dad was the head coach of the football team. As part of a fifth-grade project, he had to make a poster about his dreams and aspirations. On the poster, he pasted his face over that of a Minnesota Vikings player who had appeared on a cover of Sports Illustrated.[1] He wears number 17 in honor of his father, Steve, who wore the same number in high school. Rivers has worn it since the ninth grade. Rivers' number was retired before his final home game at North Carolina State. His lesser known brother Stephen Rivers wishes to follow in his brothers footsteps. He is the quarterback for the Austin High School Black Bears. Decatur High School, located in Decatur, Alabama, United States, under the Decatur City Schools, across Prospect Dr. from Delano Park, is ranked as one of the top academic schools in the state, as well as the nation, with strong Advanced Placement programs and high ACT & SAT test scores that exceed... Decatur, Alabama is a city in Morgan County, Alabama, with a small portion in southern Limestone County. ... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Fight song Skol, Vikings Mascot Viktor the Viking League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division... North Carolina State University Seal North Carolina State University is an institution of higher learning located in Raleigh, North Carolina. ...


Rivers attended Athens High School in Athens, Alabama and was a football star and a good student. He was the starting quarterback and as a senior he completed 109 out of 195 passes attempted (a 55.9 completion percentage), saw action at free safety, and was the Alabama Player of the Year. He was also an excellent student and graduated with a 3.7 grade point average. Athens is a city in Limestone County, Alabama, and is included in the Huntsville-Decatur Metro Area. ...


College career

After high school, Rivers attended North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he played for coach Chuck Amato. During his collegiate career, Rivers shattered almost every NC State and Atlantic Coast Conference passing record. His career culminated with his record 51st college start, establishing a new benchmark for consistency in college football. Rivers was a reliable quarterback for the Wolfpack, starting all four years. The Wolfpack went to four consecutive bowl games under the leadership of Rivers, winning three of them, including a New Year's Day victory over the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame in the 2002 Gator Bowl. North Carolina State University is a public, coeducational, extensive research university located in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. ... For other uses of this name, see Raleigh. ... Chuck Amato (born June 26, 1946 in Easton, Pennsylvania) was the head football coach of North Carolina State University. ... North Carolina State University is a public, coeducational, extensive research university located in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. ... The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is one of the oldest collegiate athletic leagues in the United States. ... The University of Notre Dame IPA: is a Catholic[4] institution located in Notre Dame, an unincorporated section of St. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... The Toyota Gator Bowl is an annual college football bowl game that is played at ALLTEL Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. ...


Rivers was named ACC Athlete of the Year in 2004 and was also named the game MVP of 4 bowl games, 2 Tangerine Bowls, a Gator Bowl and the 2004 Senior Bowl. Rivers was even named the "Offensive MVP" for NC State in a losing cause to Pittsburgh in 2001's Tangerine Bowl. He was considered a Heisman candidate by some journalists,[2] but he was not invited to the Heisman Trophy presentation. Jason White of Oklahoma won the award. The Atlantic Coast Conference Athlete of the Year award is given to the male and female athlete who show extraordinary talent throughout the entire season. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Champs Sports Bowl is an annual college football game that is played in Orlando, Florida. ... The Toyota Gator Bowl is an annual college football bowl game that is played at ALLTEL Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. ... The Senior Bowl is an all-star college football exhibition game usually played either at or towards the end of the college football season in January. ... City nickname: The Steel City Location in the state of Pennsylvania Founded 1758 Mayor Tom Murphy (Dem) Area  - Total  - Water 151. ... The Champs Sports Bowl is an annual college football game that is played in Orlando, Florida. ... “Heisman” redirects here. ... Jason White (born June 19, 1980) was a quarterback for the University of Oklahoma football team from 1999 to 2004 (jersey number 18). ...


NFL career

2004 NFL Draft

Main article: Manning-Rivers trade

After a spectacular senior season at North Carolina State and in the running for the Heisman trophy in 2004, Rivers was projected to be a mid-to-late first round pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. Rivers was viewed by prognosticators as the second or third best quarterback in the draft, behind Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger. Despite Rivers' record of success in college and remarkable accuracy (72% completion percentage for his senior season), questions about his lack of arm strength and his unorthodox side-arm throwing motion put him behind Manning and Roethlisberger on most NFL Draft boards. The pre-draft consensus was that Rivers would be selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 11th pick. The Chargers coveted Eli Manning and wanted to select him with their first round pick, which was also the first overall pick of the draft. However, after Eli Manning indicated before the draft that he would not sign with the San Diego Chargers, the Chargers were forced to adjust their plans. Rivers was their first alternative to Manning because the Chargers head coach at the time, Marty Schottenheimer, had coached Rivers at the Senior Bowl and he liked what he saw from Rivers. The Chargers agreed to a trade on draft day with the New York Giants, who possessed the fourth pick of the draft. Rivers was selected with the fourth pick by the Giants and his draft rights were traded to the Chargers, along with their 2005 1st round pick (used by San Diego to select Shawne Merriman), 2004 3rd round pick (Nate Kaeding) and 2005 5th round pick (traded to Tampa Bay for Super Bowl Winning Left Tackle Roman Oben) for the draft rights to Eli Manning, whom the Chargers had selected with the first pick. Rivers was deemed to be a reach selection by San Diego by many draft experts, who believed that they should have selected Ben Roethlisberger. The trade results include the NFL naming Merriman the 2005 Defensive Rookie of the Year, and being named to the 2005 Pro Bowl. In addition to Merriman's 2005 Pro Bowl selection, in 2006, Rivers, Merriman and Kaeding made the NFL Pro Bowl while Manning has yet to earn a Pro Bowl selection. The Rivers-Manning trade was a NFL trade that occurred on the first day of the 2004 NFL Draft. ... The 2004 NFL Draft took place on April 24th and 25th of 2004. ... Elisha Nelson Eli Manning (born January 3, 1981 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a professional American football player and the starting quarterback for the New York Giants of the NFL. He is the younger brother of Peyton Manning and Cooper Manning and the son of Archie Manning. ... Ben Roethlisberger (born March 2, 1982, in Findlay, Ohio[1]), is an American football quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL. He led his team to a victory against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL in just his second year in the league and is the youngest quarterback... Steelers redirects here. ... Elisha Nelson Eli Manning (born January 3, 1981 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a professional American football player and the starting quarterback for the New York Giants of the NFL. He is the younger brother of Peyton Manning and Cooper Manning and the son of Archie Manning. ... “Chargers” redirects here. ... Martin Edward Schottenheimer (born September 23, 1943 in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania) is an American football coach. ... The Senior Bowl is an all-star college football exhibition game usually played either at or towards the end of the college football season in January. ... This article is about the current National Football League team. ... Shawne Merriman (born May 25, 1984 in Washington, D.C.) is an American football outside linebacker for the San Diego Chargers of the NFL. // He was selected with the 12th overall pick in the 2005 NFL Draft out of the University of Maryland, College Park. ... Nate Kaeding (born March 26, 1982) is an American football placekicker who currently plays for the San Diego Chargers of the NFL. He was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in 2004 in the 3rd round with a pick acquired from Rivers-Manning Trade. ... Roman Oben is an offensive tackle for the San Diego Chargers of the NFL. Previously he played for the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. ... Ben Roethlisberger (born March 2, 1982, in Findlay, Ohio[1]), is an American football quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL. He led his team to a victory against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL in just his second year in the league and is the youngest quarterback...


San Diego Chargers

2004-2005

In August 2004, after his trade from the Giants, Rivers signed a 6 year, $40.5 million contract with the San Diego Chargers that included $14.5 million in signing bonuses. However, due to a protracted contract negotiation with the San Diego Chargers, Rivers reported to the team during the last week of training camp. As a result, the Chargers gave incumbent quarterback Drew Brees the opportunity to retain his starting job at the beginning of the season. With almost no training camp time under his belt, Rivers was unable to wrestle the starting position from Drew Brees during the 2004 preseason. Rivers began the season as the Chargers' third QB option, behind Doug Flutie, but ahead of the #4 QB Cleo Lemon. Unfortunately for Rivers, Brees went on to have by far the best season of his career up to that point. By the end of the season, Drew Brees was named to the NFL Pro Bowl and won the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award. Rivers received very limited playing time in the 2004 season, playing in only two games. He only threw passes in the second half of the last game of the 2004 season (a win over Kansas City), by which time the Chargers had already clinched a home playoff spot and the AFC West division title. “Chargers” redirects here. ... Andrew Christopher Brees (born January 15, 1979 in Austin, Texas) is an American football quarterback for the New Orleans Saints of the NFL. The San Diego Chargers originally selected him as the first pick of the 2001 NFL Drafts second round. ... Douglas Richard Doug Flutie (born October 23, 1962) is a retired American football and Canadian football quarterback. ... Cleo Lemon (born August 16, 1979 in Greenwood, Mississippi) is an American football quarterback who currently plays for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League. ... The Pro Bowl is the National Football Leagues All-Star game. ... The NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award has been given out after every season since 1972, except for 1985 when no winner was selected. ...


Speculation was running rampant over whether or not Rivers would even remain with the team and whether he had a chance to supplant the resurgent Brees. However, Rivers stayed with the organization and was promoted to the #2 QB position after the Chargers released Doug Flutie, who later signed with the New England Patriots. City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick (de facto) Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present...


Rivers was unable to beat out Drew Brees for the starting quarterback job in the Chargers' 2005 training camp and preseason, thus remaining the backup QB for the regular season. In the Chargers' final game of the 2005 season, at home in Qualcomm Stadium, Rivers entered the game after Brees dislocated his right shoulder late in the second quarter due to a hit from Denver Broncos safety John Lynch. Rivers completed 12 of 22 passing attempts for 115 yards with one interception and two fumbles. The Chargers lost to Denver, 20-7. However, Rivers led the Chargers on their only scoring drive that game, which culminated in a 4-yard TD run by RB LaDainian Tomlinson. Qualcomm Stadium (a. ... City Denver, Colorado Other nicknames Orange Crush (1977-1979 defense) Team colors Orange, Broncos Navy Blue, and White[1] Head Coach Mike Shanahan Owner Pat Bowlen General manager Ted Sundquist Mascot Miles League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... John Terrence Lynch (born September 25, 1971 in Hinsdale, Illinois) is a standout American football defensive back in the NFL who currently plays for the Denver Broncos. ... LaDainian Tomlinson (born June 23, 1979) is an American football player who currently plays running back for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League. ...


2006

After the 2005 season, Drew Brees was not re-signed (partly due to the injury suffered in the Denver game) by the Chargers, instead signing a large contract that included sizeable guaranteed money with the New Orleans Saints during the 2006 free agency period. Many doubted the Chargers' decision to change quarterbacks as they were a Super Bowl contender, believing that Rivers' inexperience would hinder them. Rivers was named the Chargers' starter going into training camp. Expectations were high for Rivers due to the large amount of talent on the San Diego Chargers' offense and the performance of his peers from the 2004 draft (Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger) as starters. City New Orleans, Louisiana Team colors Old Gold, Black, and White Head Coach Sean Payton Owner Tom Benson and Rita Benson LeBlanc General manager Mickey Loomis Mascot Gumbo the dog League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1967–present) Eastern Conference (1967-1969) Capitol Division (1967; 1969) Century Division (1968) National... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... Ben Roethlisberger (born March 2, 1982, in Findlay, Ohio[1]), is an American football quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the NFL. He led his team to a victory against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XL in just his second year in the league and is the youngest quarterback...


Football Outsiders projected that Rivers would become an NFL star before the 2006 season due to his spectacular completion percentage in college (72% as a senior). After just 5 NFL starts Rivers has been dubbed the second best NFL quarterback under 25 years of age by Sports Illustrated[1] and drawn numerous comparisons to Dan Marino for his quick release and pocket presence.[2]. Football Outsiders is a website started in 2003 that analyzes football teams and players using a statistical analysis formula called defense-adjusted value over average, or DVOA. Aaron Schatz, who created the DVOA formula, is the sites founder and editor. ... The following terms are used in American football and Canadian football. ...


On September 11, 2006, Rivers made his first start in pro football against the Oakland Raiders. Rivers managed the game well despite only passing 11 times, but completed 8 passes as well as one TD in a 27-0 rout of the Raiders. After his first game, Rivers led the NFL in QB rating with 133.9.[3]


The fifth week of the season, the reigning Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers came into town and Bill Cowher's defensive game plan revolved around stopping Ladainian Tomlinson. This game marked a turning point for Rivers, who aided by head coach Marty Schottenheimer's opening of the playbook, proceeded to take the game on his shoulders and lead the team in a come-from-behind victory throwing 24-of-37 for 242 yards and two TDs, winning 23-13.[4] This was LT's favorite "Rivers Moment" from 2006 remarking, "It was just the simple fact that we couldn't run the ball and he had to win the game for us, and he did."[5] The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ... Steelers redirects here. ... William Laird Cowher (born May 8, 1957) is a former American football coach and player. ... LaDainian Tomlinson (born June 23, 1979) is an American football player who currently plays running back for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League. ... The head coach in sports coaching is the coach who is in charge of the other coaches. ... Martin Edward Schottenheimer (born September 23, 1943 in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania) is an American football coach. ...


On November 12, 2006, Rivers had the best game of his short career and led the San Diego Chargers to an improbable comeback against the Cincinnati Bengals. Down 28-7 at halftime, Rivers led the Chargers on six drives culminating in touchdowns. After driving in for the Chargers first touchdown after halftime, Nick Hardwick, River's center, reminisced about Rivers, mimicking his southern drawl, "He's yelling 'Y'all don't think we're out of this' to the Bengals. When he said that, I said, 'Shoot, I guess we ain't out of this. Right on.'"[6] Rivers himself threw for 337 yards and three touchdown passes, while LaDainian Tomlinson scored three of his four rushing touchdowns. San Diego outscored Cincinnati 42-13 in the second half winning the game 49-41, matching the biggest comeback in 23 years for the Chargers.[7] Nick Hardwick (born September 2, 1981 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is an American football center for the San Diego Chargers. ... Center (C) is a position in American football. ...


Then the very next week against what was considered at the time to be a strong Denver Broncos defense, the Chargers became the first team in history to win back-to-back games after trailing by 17 or more points and also the first team to win four straight when allowing at least 24 points in each game.[8] Rivers led several 4th quarter comebacks in 2006, and posted the league's highest 4th quarter quarterback rating. As a result of a stellar performance throughout the season, Rivers was selected to the 2007 Pro Bowl. After a 14-2 season the Chargers were set to play the New England Patriots in the divisional round of the playoffs. After mental errors committed by its defense and special teams and several dropped passes the Chargers were upset by the Patriots 24-21, ending their season. The 2007 AFC-NFC Pro Bowl is scheduled to take place on February 10, 2007, at 1:00 p. ... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick (de facto) Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present...


Personal

Rivers married his longtime girlfriend, Tiffany, after one year together at N.C. State. They currently have 3 girls, Halle, Caroline and Grace.


Philip, the apostle, was the inspiration for his namesake.[9]


He appeared on the EWTN television series, 'Life on the Rock'. EWTN - or The Eternal Word Television Network - is a television and radio operation that broadcasts Catholic religious programming, via satellite and shortwave radio. ...


References

  1. ^ http://www.jockbio.com/Bios/Rivers/Rivers_bio.html
  2. ^ "GEORGIA TECH 29, N.C. STATE 21: CONTAINING RIVERS: Heisman hopeful battered in defeat," The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, October 5, 2003.
  3. ^ http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/recap?game_id=28875&displayPage=tab_recap&season=2006&week=REG1
  4. ^ http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/recap?game_id=28930&displayPage=tab_recap&season=2006&week=REG5
  5. ^ http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=257188
  6. ^ http://www.sportingnews.com/yourturn/viewtopic.php?t=257188
  7. ^ http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/recap?game_id=28990&displayPage=tab_recap&season=2006&week=REG10
  8. ^ http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/recap?game_id=29018&displayPage=tab_recap&season=2006&week=REG11
  9. ^ http://www.chargers.com/team/roster/philip-rivers.htm

External links

  • Philip Rivers at the San Diego Chargers website
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