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Chargers, Philip Rivers Reach Contract Extension
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The Chargers and Philip Rivers reached an agreement on a four-year extension to keep the quarterback with the Bolts. Here is all you need to know about the QB.
One of the NFL’s most accurate and prolific passers over the past decade, Philip Rivers’ statistics will one day merit Pro Football Hall of Fame consideration.
A model of consistency throughout his career, Rivers extended a number of marks in 2014.
He posted his fourth-career 30-touchdown season, tying Dan Marino, Aaron Rodgers and Tony Romo for fifth all-time. Brett Favre and Peyton Manning (9), Drew Brees (7) and Tom Brady (5) are the only players with more.
He posted his sixth-career 4,000-yard season, extending his own team mark and tying Favre and Dan Marino for the sixth-most 4,000-yard seasons in NFL history.
He ended the year having started 144 straight regular-season games, the NFL’s second-longest active streak behind Eli Manning’s 168. Rivers’ streak is the second-longest in team history. He’s started every game since 2006, including the 2007 AFC Championship Game that he started just six days after undergoing surgery for a torn ACL.
Rivers is 88-56 (.611) as a starter during his career. His 88 wins are the most by any quarterback in franchise history. Rivers has led the Chargers to four AFC West titles and taken the team to the playoffs five times. His won-loss ledger includes a 50-22 (.694) mark at home, 38-34 (.528) on the road and 36-18 (.667) in AFC West games.
Family is one of the defining elements of Rivers’ career. He and his wife, Tiffany, grew up together in Alabama. They were married after his freshman season at North Carolina State. The couple has seven children - five girls and two boys - and an eighth due in October. It is not uncommon to peer down on the field at Qualcomm Stadium after games and see Rivers on the field engaged in a game of catch with his kids.
Beyond providing for his own family, Rivers has dedicated himself to helping find permanent, loving homes for foster kids. In 2011, he was named one of three finalists for the prestigious Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award for his work with the Rivers of Hope Foundation, an endeavor he and Tiffany oversaw from 2010-12. The Foundation helped unwanted, abandoned and orphaned children, and raised more than $1,000,000 for the cause through football camps, a 5K Fun Run and personal contributions. The Foundation also supported the San Pasqual Academy, a residential education campus designed specifically for foster teens. Last season, Rivers lent his support to another cause called “Passing it On,” where he helped raise more than $112,000 for San Diego’s Ronald McDonald House.
Rivers is a devout Catholic and in May 2014, he was invited to deliver the commencement speech to graduating seniors at Catholic University in Washington, D.C. The University also presented him with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. It was the second time Rivers had been asked to deliver a commencement speech. In May 2012, he returned to his alma mater, North Carolina State University, to speak at the school’s graduation ceremonies.
Shortly before Philip was set to enroll at Decatur, Steve took the head coaching job at nearby Athens High School and Philip followed. He played linebacker as a sophomore and moved to quarterback as a junior. After graduation, he enrolled at North Carolina State where he led the Wolfpack to four bowl games and a 34-17 record, including 3-1 in bowl games. A five-time MVP in Bowl games, including the 2004 Senior Bowl, Rivers is still the Wolfpack’s all-time leader for career passing yards (13,484), attempts (1,710), completions (1,087), touchdowns (95), completion percentage (63.6%), and 300 (19) and 400-yard games (seven). His passing yardage total still ranks seventh all-time among Division-I quarterbacks.
Rivers spent the majority of his first two years on the sidelines behind Drew Brees before taking the reigns in 2006. That season, Rivers was voted to the Pro Bowl after leading the Chargers to a team-record 14 wins, including 10-straight to close out the season. The Chargers finished undefeated at home for the first time in team history and scored a team-record 492 points. That November, Rivers became the first quarterback in NFL history to rally a team from 17-point deficits in consecutive weeks and he led 19 straight scoring drives that ended in touchdowns, a team record and the fifth-longest streak in NFL history.
Rivers led the Chargers to the AFC Championship Game in 2007. Rivers’ toughness, both mental and physical, was put on full display in the final weeks of the regular season and the playoffs. During a December victory in Tennessee, he had to leave the game briefly after spraining his knee in the first half. He returned in the second half and led the Chargers to a come-from-behind victory in overtime. Rivers continued to play the final month of the season in severe pain. Things got worse five weeks later when Rivers suffered a torn ACL during the Bolts’ Divisional Playoff game in Indianapolis. Backup Billy Volek replaced Rivers and led the Chargers to an improbable win over the Colts. Rivers, meanwhile, had arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn ACL the day after the win over Indianapolis, and just six days later he started and took every snap on a frigid day in the AFC Championship Game at New England.
In 2008, Rivers threw a team record 34 touchdown passes, tied for most in the NFL. He recorded his first 4,000-yard season and led the league with a team-record passer rating of 105.5. Rivers threw an NFL-best 15 touchdown passes on third down and helped the Chargers score an NFL-leading 152 points in the fourth quarter. He logged six 300-yard games, the most by a Chargers quarterback since 1985 and he became the first Bolts quarterback since 1991 to do so in consecutive games. Rivers capped off 2008 with a sensational December, leading the Chargers to the playoffs with a 4-0 mark to improve his career record in December to 14-0.
In 2010, Rivers threw for a career-high and NFL-leading 4,710 yards. It was the 10th-most yards in a season in NFL history and the third-most in team history. Rivers had a career-high six 300-yard games, including a team-record 455 yards against Seattle. His third 4,000-yard season tied Fouts for most in team history. At the midpoint of the season, Rivers had thrown for 2,649 yards, an NFL record for the first eight games of a season, breaking yet another mark which Fouts (2,580) had set (1982). Rivers led the NFL with 66 completions 20 yards or longer, including 12 that went for touchdowns. Those were the second-most in the NFL. Rivers completed a team-record 66 percent of his passes and ranked second in the NFL in passer rating (101.8). It capped a 2008-10 stretch in which he was the only quarterback in the league to post a season passer rating over 100.0 each season. Rivers joined Steve Young and Peyton Manning as the only passers ever to post a rating of 100.0 or higher three straight years. Rivers threw 30 touchdown passes in 2010 and became the first quarterback in team history with 25 or more in three-straight seasons. It included a team-record stretch of 23 straight games with a touchdown pass, breaking Fouts’ mark of 20 straight (1979-80). During the streak, Rivers joined Fouts (1985) and Brees (2004) as the only Chargers quarterbacks with back-to-back four-touchdown games.
Rivers completed a then-team-record 366 passes and threw for 4,624 yards in 2011, joining Dan Marino (1980-81), Warren Moon (1990-91), Manning (2009-10) and Brees (2010-11) as the only players in NFL history with back-to-back 4,500-yard seasons. Rivers also joined Manning (1999-04 and 2006-10) and Brees (2006-11) as the only quarterbacks with at least four-straight 4,000-yard seasons.
In 2012, Rivers passed for 3,606 yards, ending a run of four straight 4,000-yard seasons. He threw 26 touchdown passes extending his streak of 25-touchdown seasons to five.
Rivers was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year after leading the Chargers to a 9-7 mark in 2013. He was selected to the Pro Bowl and named team MVP, both for the fifth time in his career. Rivers completed a team-record and NFL-leading 69.5 pct. of his passes for 4,478 yards with 32 touchdowns and just 11 interceptions for a team-record-tying 105.5 passer rating. He completed a team-record 378 passes. Rivers set a team record with three 400-yard passing games, he became the first quarterback to throw for more than 400 yards in consecutive games, and he passed for more than 390 yards four times, tying Marino (1984) and Joe Montana (1990) for the most in a season in NFL history. Rivers also made history, joining Favre (2009) and Brees (2011) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to complete at least 20 passes and 80 percent of their pass attempts three times in a season. Read