Philip Rivers is a 6-foot-5, 228 pound quarterback from the state of Alabama who was drafted in 2004 by the New York Giants and traded to the San Diego Chargers so they could pick up Eli Manning. Not all scouts liked Rivers slightly side-arm approach. Rivers had played his college ball at North Carolina State. In college, Rivers played in four straight bowl games and was named MVP in all of them. In his final college season, he was named ACC Player of the Year.
At San Diego, Rivers played behind Drew Brees for a couple years until Brees moved on to New Orleans. Rivers has been the starter with the Chargers since then and has led his team to 5 postseasons.
In 2006 with Rivers at the helm, the San Diego Chargers lost a division playoff match with New England, 24-21.
In 2007, Rivers and the Charges lost the AFC Championship game to the Patriots, 21-12.
In 2008, Rivers and the Chargers lost a division playoff match with the Steelers, 35-24.
In 2009, the Chargers lost a division playoff match against the Jets, 17-14.
In 2013, the Charges lost a division playoff match against the Broncos, 24-17.
For the 2018 Season, the Chargers beat the Baltimore Ravens in a Wild Card game, 23-17, and are playing the New England Patriots in a division match on Sunday, January 12, in Foxborough. Rivers, like many other quarterbacks, has a losing regular season record against the Patriots: he is 1-5.
Belichick at New England is always giving his opponents compliments as he prepares to face them in the playoffs. But in Rivers case, it probably does not take much imagination. Belichick talks about Rivers in comparison to Ben Roethlisberger–a good passer and hard to bring down.
This year, the sturdy and accurate Rivers has completed 347 passes on 508 attempts for a 68.3 completion percentage with 4,308 total yards. Rivers had 32 touchdowns and 12 interceptions for the season. His quarterback rating is 105.5. He is playing at a high level. Rivers has a boatload of records for the Chargers (who have been in Los Angeles for the last couple years) and a Super Bowl win would be a welcome addition to his career. Rivers and his wife, Tiffany, have 8 children. The quarterback is a devout Catholic.
Image Credit: Philip Rivers, photo by Jeffery Beal licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International.