Philip Rivers is a professional American football player in the National Football League (NFL). He currently holds the quarterback for the Los Angeles Chargers. Rivers is an eight-time Pro Bowler and a multi-awarded football player.
He was the fourth overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. The San Diego Chargers chose Rivers in the first round. Prior to the draft, he played his college ball with North Carolina State.
While playing for NC State, Rivers received numerous honors, including ACC Athlete of the Year (2004), Senior Bowl MVP (2004) and ACC Rookie of the Year (2000). He was also the Tangerine Bowl MVP (2000, 2003), Gator Bowl MVP (2002) and Tangerine Bowl Offensive MVP (2001). He finished his college career with 13,484 passing yards and 95 touchdown passes.
In his first two seasons with the Chargers, Rivers saw limited action. In 2006, he was designated as the team’s starting quarterback. That same season, he was selected to the Pro Bowl. Rivers threw 22 touchdowns and nine picks that season. His QB rating was 92.0, and he completed 61.7-percent of his passes for 3,388 yards. He is also a twice Pro Bowl player in 2006 and in 2009.
In four seasons, Rivers has played in 36 games, completing 63.5-percent of his passes and amazing 18,593 yards. He’s hit for 130 touchdowns and threw 55 interceptions. His rating stands at 97.0. In 2010, he was named as the NFL Alumni Player of the Year Awards for a quarterback.
By the 2011, Rivers had the second-best touchdown-to-interception ratio and the highest passer rating in the history of the NFL. While he had a career-high 90% completion percentage in 2012, the team had a rough season. He went on to set a league record for 83% completion percentage for a quarterback who threw over 400 yards, 1 interception, and 3 touchdowns and was named the Comeback player of the Year.
Rivers became the first player in the league to record a passer rating of more than 120 for five subsequent games in 2014. During the 2015 season, he passed the team record in touchdown passes with his 255th touchdown pass. Rivers had a rough season in 2016, with the second-worst statistics in his career and a 73rd rating in the NFL Top 100 Players list.
He became the 9th quarterback in league history to record 50,000 passing yards in 2017. Rivers led the Chargers to a better season in 2018, and the team returned to the playoffs for the first time since 201.
The six-foot-five, 228-pound Rivers has the right size and the proper frame to excel in the NFL. He’s a fine leader, smart player and excellent decision-maker. He sees the entire field, checks off well and is poised in the pocket. His release and footwork need to be developed. Rivers looks to be durable and tough; he should be a solid starter for years to come.