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Who is Philip Rivers?


Still Chargin
Staff member

[FONT=verdana, arial, geneva, san-serif][SIZE=-1]Number: 17
Name: Philip Rivers
Position: Quarterback
College: North Carolina State
Height: 6-5
Weight: 228
DOB: 12/08/81
Experience: 3rd NFL Season
Acquired: Trade - 2004 (New York Giants)
Hometown: Athens, Alabama[/SIZE][/FONT]

[FONT=verdana, arial, geneva, san-serif][SIZE=-1]Career Stats[/SIZE][/FONT]

Philip Rivers spent his rookie season in San Diego learning from the sidelines.
After of a lengthy training camp holdout, Rivers spent the 2004 season between numbers two and three on the team’s depth chart. When Chargers General Manager A.J. Smith pulled off a blockbuster draft day trade with the New York Giants to acquire Rivers, many thought he would battle Drew Brees for the team’s starting quarterback position. As it turned out, Brees had a Pro Bowl season and Rivers was limited to action in two games.
Growing up in Alabama, Rivers did not attend his first professional football game until he signed with the Chargers.
He wears number 17 in honor of his father, Steve, who wore the same number in high school. Philip has worn it since the ninth grade. Philip’s number was retired before his final home game at North Carolina State.
Philip married his childhood sweetheart, Tiffany, after his freshman season at N.C. State when he was just 19 years old. The couple has two daughters, Halle and Caroline. Philip asked North Carolina State Head Coach Chuck Amato for his permission before asking Tiffany to marry him. Philip’s dad was the best man in the wedding.
Philip’s name, spelled with one “l,” comes from the Bible. He prefers to be called “Philip” but will answer to “Phil.” In college, his nickname was “Cheese” as in a Phil(ly) cheesesteak sandwich. His favorite meal is meatloaf, fried okra and cabbage, and he enjoys a wide range of music from country music to the band OutKast.
Rivers’ favorite quarterbacks are Joe Montana, Dan Marino, John Elway, Troy Aikman and Brett Favre. When he was in kindergarten, he worked as a water boy at Decatur High School in Decatur, Alabama, where his dad was the head coach. 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.

TRANSACTION HISTORY: Drafted in first-round (4) by New York Giants, April 24, 2004... traded to Chargers for Eli Manning, third-round choice in 2004, and first- and fifth-round choices in 2005, April 24, 2004.


Still Chargin
Staff member
2005: Did not play Weeks 1-9 & 11-15…took knee on final snap of game versus Buffalo Nov. 20…took over for injured Drew Brees in second quarter of Dec. 31 season finale against Denver…led team on 10-play, 69-yard touchdown drive on first series, completing three of six for 39 yards.

2004: Inactive as third quarterback Weeks 1-3 and 14-15... did not play Weeks 4-8 and 10-13 as number two quarterback... saw action at end of New Orleans game Nov. 7 but did not attempt any passes... played second half against Kansas City Jan. 2 and threw first-career touchdown pass to Malcom Floyd... inactive as third quarterback for Wild Card Playoff game against New York.

College: NCAA’s second all-time leading passer with 13,484 yards... MVP of five bowl games, including 2004 Senior Bowl... holds every major school passing record at N.C. State... seventh in Heisman Trophy voting as senior... 34-17 record as starter among NCAA-record 51 career starts... second in NCAA history with 13,582 total yards... tied for fifth in NCAA history with 95 touchdown passes... set school and Atlantic Coast Conference career records for passing attempts (1,710), completions (1,147), touchdowns responsible for (112), 300-yard passing games (18) and 400-yard passing games (7)... seventh quarterback in NCAA history and first in ACC history with three 3,000-yard seasons... second-team All-America by NFL Draft Report as senior... 2003 ACC Player of Year and first-team All-ACC after leading NCAA in completion percentage (.720) and passer rating (170.5)... ranked second nationally in passing yards (4,491) and total offense per game (353.9) ... MVP of 2003 Tangerine Bowl after career-high 475 yards and school-record-tying five touchdowns in 56-26 win over Kansas... second-team All-ACC as junior... received “Award of Distinction” from Columbus Touchdown Club... co-recipient of Governor’s Award as team MVP... MVP of 2002 Gator Bowl win over Notre Dame... CNN/Sports Illustrated National Player of Week after five-touchdown game against Navy in junior year... honorable mention all-conference as sophomore and MVP of Citrus Bowl... ACC Rookie of Year and Academic All-ACC choice in 2000... Newcomer of Year by ABC Sports and Freshman of Year by Football News and Columbus Touchdown Club... MVP of 2000 Micron PC Bowl... ACC Player of Week once, ACC Offensive Back of Week twice and league-record ACC Rookie of Week eight times during career... played at N.C. State from 2000-03... graduated with degree in business.

Personal: Born Dec. 8, 1981 in Decatur, Alabama... Alabama Player of Year as senior at Athens High School... father, Steve, was his high school head coach... married, Tiffany... has daughters, Halle and Caroline... resides in San Diego.