Rivers completed a team-record and NFL-leading 69.5 pct. of his passes (378 of 544) for 4,478 yards (third-highest of his career) with 32 touchdowns (second-most of his career) and just 11 interceptions for a team record-tying passer rating of 105.5. He set a team mark for single-season completions (378) and ended the regular season having thrown a touchdown in 20 straight games, tied for the second-longest streak in team history.
Rivers had four games in 2013 with 390-or-more yards passing, tied with Dan Marino (1984) and Joe Montana (1990) for the most in a season in NFL history. He had three games in which he completed at least 20 passes and 80 percent of his pass attempts joining Brett Favre (2009) and Drew Brees (2011) as the only quarterbacks in NFL history to do so three times in a season. Also during the season, Rivers became the first quarterback in team history to throw for more than 400 yards in consecutive games. He had a team-record three 400-yard games in 2013, raising his career total to six, tied with Dan Fouts for most in team history. Rivers also had five 300-yard games, raising his career total to 33.
Aside from his impressive yardage totals, where Rivers improved the most in 2013 was in his touchdown-to-interception ratio. The same quarterback who threw 83 touchdowns and 48 interceptions over the last three regular seasons posted nearly a 3-to-1 ratio in 2013 with 32 scoring strikes and just 11 interceptions. It marked his third-career season with at least 30 touchdown passes.
Rivers extended his team-record streak of seasons with 25-touchdown passes to six, becoming just the third quarterback in NFL history with at least six straight 25 touchdown seasons (Peyton Manning and Drew Brees being the others). Rivers also passed for more than 4,000 yards for the fifth time in his career to become just the sixth quarterback in NFL history with at least five 4,000-yard seasons. He missed a third 4,500 yard season by just 22 yards.
Rivers' passer rating for the 2013 season (105.5) was nearly 10 points higher than his career rating of 96.0 and his 69.5 completion percentage was more than five percentage points higher than his 64.4 career ledger. He is the franchise's all-time leader in both categories.
Rivers also enjoyed one of the best postseasons of his career in 2013 as led the Chargers to the divisional round. He continued to complete passes at a blistering rate (69.8 pct.) by going 30 of 43 for 345 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 116.9 passer rating. He also improved his record in Wild Card playoff games to 4-0.
Ranked No. 34 on the NFL Network's list of the top 100 players heading into 2014, Rivers has 32,369 career passing yards and 221 touchdown passes, and he'll likely reach the 35,000-yard and 250-touchdown pass thresholds this season. Only 19 quarterbacks in NFL history have reached the 35,000-yard mark and only 15 have thrown at least 250 touchdown passes. One of those, however, is Chargers Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts, who is the franchise-leader with 254 career scoring throws.
Rivers also has started 128 consecutive regular-season games, second-most in the NFL among active quarterbacks behind Eli Manning's 151.
Rivers became the Chargers' starting quarterback in 2006 and has gone 79-49 (.617) in the regular season as the team's starter. It includes a mark of 45-19 (.703) at home, 34-30 on the road and 34-14 (.708) in AFC West games. He led the team to AFC West titles in each of his first four seasons as the starter and has taken the Bolts to the playoffs five times. Since 2006, Rivers' 32,221 passing yards are second in the NFL to New Orleans quarterback and former Chargers signal-caller Drew Brees' 38,733.
Rivers' knack for strong finishes came to the forefront again in 2013 as he led the Chargers to a record of 4-1 in December, including wins over each of the Bolts' AFC West rivals, Denver, Kansas City and Oakland. All-time, he is the NFL's third highest-rated passer in December/January (99.0) with a 71-to-22 touchdown-to-interception ratio, including 10 touchdowns and only three interceptions in 2013, Rivers improved his regular-season record in those months to 33-6 (.846). Rivers also maintained his position as one of the NFL's top quarterbacks for the second half of the season as his 97.7 passer rating in Weeks 9-16 is second all-time to only Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers (105.1). Rivers' career record as a starter after Nov. 1 is 50-21 (.704).
Family is one of the defining elements of Rivers' career. He and his wife, Tiffany, grew up together in Alabama and were married after Philip's freshman season at North Carolina State. The couple has seven children, five girls and two boys. The youngest, Rebecca, was born last October. It is not uncommon to peer down on the field at Qualcomm Stadium after games and see Rivers out on the field engaged in a game of catch with his kids.
Rivers is also very close to his brother, Stephen, who is following in his footsteps as a quarterback with future NFL potential. Stephen started his career at LSU, but transferred to Vanderbilt this offseason where he's expected to compete for a starting job. He'll have two years of eligibility remaining.
Beyond providing for his own family, Rivers has also dedicated a large part of his life toward helping to 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 to help unwanted, abandoned and orphaned children. The Foundation raised more than $1,000,000 for the cause through football camps, a 5K Fun Run and personal contributions from Rivers. The Foundation also supported the San Pasqual Academy, a residential education campus designed specifically for foster teens.
Rivers originally came to the Chargers in 2004 in a blockbuster trade with the New York Giants. Less than an hour after the Bolts selected Manning with the No. 1 pick in the '04 NFL Draft, Manning was on his way to the Big Apple in exchange for Rivers and a slew of draft picks. Rivers spent the majority of his first two years on the sidelines behind Brees, taking the reigns in 2006. His first campaign was memorable as Rivers was voted to the Pro Bowl after leading the Chargers to a team-record 14 wins, including 10-straight to close out the seasoto close out the season. The Chargers finished undefeated at home for the first time in team history and the '06 squad scored a team-record 492 points. During the season, Rivers became the first quarterback in NFL history to rally a team from 17-point deficits in consecutive weeks at Cincinnati and Denver. In the midst of those two wins, Rivers led 19-straight scoring drives that ended in touchdowns, a team record and the fifth-longest streak in NFL history. He finished the year as the NFL leader in passer rating during the fourth quarter (116.6) and the third and fourth quarters combined (99.3).
In Rivers' second season as a starter (2007), he led the Chargersthe to the AFC Championship Game. The Chargers took an eight-game win streak into the title game and 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 at Tennessee, Rivers had to leave the game 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. He continued to play and fought through the final month of the season in severe pain. A different knee injury sent him to the sideline during the Bolts' Divisional Playoff game in Indianapolis and after backup Billy Volek led the Chargers to an improbable win over the Colts, Rivers had arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn ACL on Monday 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 with Brees 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, joining Brees as the only quarterbacks in team history to post a season rating of 100.0 or higher. Rivers posted the NFL's second-highest passer rating on third downs (110.7) and in the fourth quarter (111.7), throwing an NFL-best 15 touchdown passes on third down while leading the Chargers to an NFL-best 152 points in the fourth quarter. He logged six 300-yard games, the most since Fouts had seven in 1985, including back-to-back games, something not done by a Chargers quarterback since 1991. And 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. He completed 80 of 121 (.661) in Dec. for 1,054 yards, with 11 touchdowns and just one interception. His passer rating for the month, a lofty 120.3, was second in the NFL.
The 2009 season saw Rivers selected to the Chargers' 50th Anniversary All-Time Team. He threw for 4,254 yards, tossed 28 touchdown passes and posted a rating of 104.4. He was one of only five QBs in '09 to pass for more than 4,000 yards, throw 25 or more touchdowns and record a season passer rating higher than 100.0. Four times â€” tied with Brett Favre for most in the NFL â€” Rivers posted a single-game passer rating of 130.0 or better. During an 11-game win streak to close out the regular season, Rivers completed 69.0% of his passes and posted a rating of 112.0. He threw 21 touchdown passes and only six interceptions and his cumulative passer rating during those 11 weeks was the highest in the NFL. At the conclusion of the 2009 season, Rivers' fourth as a starter in the NFL, he'd thrown 105 touchdown passes to only 44 interceptions. It marked the NFL's best-ever touchdown-to-interception ratio by a quarterback in his first four years as a starter.
In 2010, Rivers threw for a career-high and NFL-leading 4,710 yards. It was the 10th-most yards for a single season in NFL history and third-most in team history. He posted a career-high six 300-yard games, including a team-record 455-yard performance in Seattle. The 4,000-yard season was his third-straight, tying Fouts for the most in team history. By the midpoint of the '10 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 in 1982. Rivers completed an NFL-leading 66 passes of at least 20 yards, 12 of which went for touchdowns, second-most in the NFL. Rivers ranked second in the NFL in passer rating (101.8), capping a 2008-10 stretch in which he was the only quarterback in the league to post a season passer rating over 100 each season. He joined Steve Young and Peyton Manning as the only passers ever to post a rating of 100.0-or-higher for three straight years. Rivers' rating was bolstered by a then team single-season record 66.0% completion percentage. And he threw 30 touchdown passes to become 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, surpassing the previous mark of 20-straight set by Fouts during the 1979-80 seasons. Amidst that streak was a pair of four-TD efforts in consecutive games against Houston and Denver, something that only Fouts (1985) and Brees (2004) had previously done for the Chargers. Eleven different players caught touchdown passes from Rivers in 2010, most in team history for a non-strike season.
In 2011, Rivers completed a team-record 366 passes and threw for 4,624 yards. He joined 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 passing seasons. And he joined Manning (1999-04 and 2006-10) and Brees (2006-11) as the only quarterbacks with at least four-straight 4,000-yard seasons. Demonstrating great peripheral vision and field awareness, four players had at least 50 catches for the Chargers in 2011, something that had only been done two other times in team history (1984 and '05). Late in the season, Rivers assembled a career-long string of 170 passes without an interception, easily surpassing his previous best of 143.
The 2012 season marked perhaps the most trying of Rivers' career, but it paved the way for his selection as NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 2013. Rivers was limited to 3,606 yards passing in '12, ending a run of four straight 4,000-yard seasons. He threw 26 touchdown passes, but also was intercepted 15 times, tied for the second-most in a season during his career.
Rivers grew up in Decatur, Alabama. His dad, Steve, a former linebacker at Mississippi State, was the head football coach at Decatur High School and Philip was a water boy for the team. Rivers found his passion for the game by watching his dad up close and from backyard games in which the future Chargers signal-caller would mark out a field using chalk and pylons borrowed from the equipment room at Decatur High.
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.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Drafted in first-round (4) by New York Giants, April 24, 2004…traded to Chargers, April 24, 2004…signed six-year contract, Aug. 24, 2004...signed six-year extension thru 2015, Aug. 24, 2009.
2014: AFC Offensive Player of the Month (September)...FedEx Air NFL Player of Week after leading Chargers to 30-21 win over defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks in Week 2 at Qualcomm Stadium... completed 28 of 37 (75.7 pct.) for 284 yards with three touchdowns, all to Antonio Gates, for rating of 124.2...threw first two touchdowns on 3rd-and-goal from eight-yard line and third on 2nd-and-20 from 21...also ran career-high 11 times vs. Seahawks...two touchdown passes Sept. 21 at Buffalo to tie his own team record of 23 straight games with touchdown pass...completed 18 of 25 (72.0 pct.) and posted rating of 131.4 vs. Bills for second-straight game with completion percentage over 72.0 and passer rating north of 120.0...also made key play during touchdown drive for 20-3 lead over Bills, scrambling nine yards for first down on 3rd-and-8 play...set new team record with 24th straight game with touchdown pass Sept. 28 vs. Jacksonville...completed 29 of 39 (74.4 pct.) for 377 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for a 130.0 passer rating vs. Jaguars...third straight game with passer rating above 120.0, tying for longest stretch of career (2008 and ‘11)...also marked third straight game completing better than 72.0 percent...touchdown passes covered 43 and 47 yards to Eddie Royal and 24 yards to Malcom Floyd...marked first time in game with three touchdown passes of 24 yards-or-longer...completed 71.4 percent (20 of 28) in 31-0 win over New York Jets Oct. 5 for fourth straight game with completion percentage above 70 percent, tying longest such stretch of career...passed for 288 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for passer rating of 125.3, NFL-record fourth straight game with rating above 120 (min. 20 att.)....second quarter interception ended streak of 128 consecutive passes without pick...was first interception since first half of Sept. 8 season opener at Arizona...first two touchdown passes went to Antonio Gates, extending NFL record for touchdowns between quarterback-tight end duo to 65...also extended team record streak of games with touchdown pass to 25...final touchdown pass of game to Brandon Oliver was 233rd of his career, moving him past Steve Young (232) and into 23rd place on NFL’s all-time list for career touchdown passes...threw three touchdown passes and 313 yards in 31-28 win at Oakland Oct. 12 for fifth-straight multi-touchdown game, tying best stretch of career...also extended NFL record streak of games with passer rating over 120 to five...all three touchdown passes vs. Raiders on third-down plays, including 29 yards to Eddie Royal, five yards to Floyd and one yard to Gates...went 7 of 10 for 104 yards and three touchdowns on third down...TD passes were 234th, 235th and 236th of career... moved past Donovan McNabb (234) and into tie with George Blanda (236) for 21st on NFL’s all-time list...completed 64.7 percent vs. Raiders, ending streak of games with completion percentage above 70 at four, tying longest such stretch of career...threw 237th and 238th touchdown passes of career Oct. 19 vs. Kansas City to move past Jim Kelly (237) and into 20th place on NFL’s all-time list...was sixth-straight multi-TD game, tying Dan Fouts (1981) for longest stretch in team history...had NFL-record streak of five straight games with passer rating over 120.0 come to end in Chiefs game...passed for 205 yards vs. Chiefs to raise career total to 34,330 and move past Steve DeBerg (34,241) for 25th all-time...three touchdown passes in Thursday Night game in Denver Oct. 23 to raise career total to 241 and move past Len Dawson (239) for 19th in NFL history...set new franchise mark with seventh-consecutive multi-touchdown games, breaking previous mark of six held by Dan Fouts...completed 30 passes vs. Broncos to raise career total to 2,831 and move past Johnny Unitas (2,830) for 25th all-time...team-record streaks of 28-straight games with touchdown pass and seven-straight multi-TD games both ended Nov. 2 at Miami...last game without TD pass was Dec. 2, 2012 vs. Cincinnati...during Dolphins game, moved past Jim Hart (34,665 yards) and Matt Hasselbeck (34,667) and into 23rd place on NFL’s all-time passing list...also moved into 24th place for career completions, surpassing Jim Everett (2,841)... Nov. 16 vs. Oakland, moved past Everett (34,837) and into 22nd place on NFL’s all-time passing yardage list...season-high .829 completion percentage (29 of 35) Nov. 23 vs. St. Louis...was 14 of 15 in second half for 185 and touchdown in second half, including 7 of 7 for 92 yards in third quarter...during game, went over 35,000 passing yards for career...also during game, moved past Steve DeBerg and Jim Kelly (2,874) for 22nd in NFL history for career completions...season-high 383 yards and three touchdowns in 34-33 win at Baltimore Nov. 30...led team back from two 10-point deficits in fourth quarter...down 30-20 with 6:13 left, led sixplay, 77-yard drive capped by 23-yard touchdown pass to Keenan Allen...then down 33-27, led game-winning eight-play, 80-yard drive in 1:44 and threw game-winning one-yard TD pass to Eddie Royal with 38 seconds left...was perfect 8 of 8 for 156 yards on third down vs. Ravens...during game, raised career touchdown total to 246 and moved past John Hadl (244) and into 18th on NFL’s all-time list...also in Ravens game, raised career yardage total to 35,587 and moved into 20th all-time, passing Carson Palmer and Jim Kelly...made 140th straight start in Baltimore, tying Walt Sweeney for second-longest streak in team history...248th career touchdown pass Dec. 14 vs. Denver to break tie with Boomer Esiason and move into tie with Pittsburgh’s Ben Roethlisberger for 17th on NFL’s alltime list...AFC Offensive Player of Week after leading Chargers to 38-35 overtime win at San Francisco on Dec. 20...marked 20th fourth-quarter come-from-behind win of career...helped Bolts overcome two 21-point deficits, tied for highest in franchise history (Nov. 12, 2006 at Cincinnati), and 35-21 deficit in fourth quarter...tied career-high with four touchdown passes including three in second half and two in final 5:15 to send game to overtime...led 9-play, 85-yard and 14-play, 80 yard touchdown drives in final 8:55, including game-tying 11-yard touchdown pass to Malcom Floyd with 29 seconds remaining...during game-tying drive, completed 17-yard 4th-and-7 pass to Eddie Royal and 17-yard 4th-and-10 pass to Dontrelle Inman...also completed 3,000th career pass on drive... then proceeded to lead nine-play, 40-yard game winning drive in OT...attempted career-high 54 pass attempts in game...with four TD passes vs. S.F., raised career total to 252 to become 17th QB in NFL history with 250 and he passed Drew Bledsoe (251) for 16th all-time...topped 4,000 yards for sixth time of career, extending franchise record, during Dec. 28 season finale at Kansas City...tied Dan Marino and Brett Favre for sixth-most 4,000-yard seasons in NFL history.
2013: Pro Bowl...Associated Press and PFWA Comeback Player of the Year...Chargers Team MVP...Team Captain...threw three touchdown passes in first half in Sept. 9 season-opener vs. Houston...fourth-career game with three TDs in first half and second time against Texans (Oct. 28, 2007 at Houston)...finished night with four touchdown passes for fifth-career fourtouchdown game and second versus Texans (Nov. 7, 2010 at Houston)...also helped set up TD with career-long 18-yard run...AFC Offensive Player of Week after leading Chargers to 400th win in franchise history, 33-30, Sept. 15 at Philadelphia...led late fourth-quarter game-winning nine-play, 51-yard field goal drive...drive consumed 1:44 and ended with seven seconds left in game... passed for 419 yards vs. Eagles for fourth-career 400-yard game... completed first 10 passes and finished career-high 36 completions (second-most in team history) with three touchdown passes to Eddie Royal and no interceptions... second-highest single-game completion percentage (83.3) Sept. 22 at Tennessee...completed 20 of 24 vs. Titans...AFC & Monday Morning Quarterback Offensive Player of Week after passing for 401 yards in 30-21 win over Dallas Sept. 29...fifth-career 400-yard game...posted 83.3 pct. completion percentage (35 of 42) vs. Cowboys, highest in NFL history for 400-yard passing game...became first QB in NFL history with completion percentage above 80 percent (min. 20 attempts) in consecutive games...also first-ever with completion percentage of 83.3 percent or higher in back-toback games...threw 198th, 199th and 200th touchdown passes of career in Cowboys game to become NFL’s 34th all-time and sixth-fastest (120 games) with 200...threw 200th to Antonio Gates (56 yards) in fourth quarter...Gates was also on receiving end of Rivers’ 100th-career touchdown pass against Cowboys in game Dec. 13, 2009...completed all 12 third-quarter passes to cap stretch of 13 straight completions, tied for third-most in team history...passed for 411 yards Oct. 6 at Oakland to become first QB in team history with back-toback 400-yard games...was team-record third 400-yard game of season and sixth of career, tying Dan Fouts for most in team history...threw 201st and 202nd touchdown passes of his career vs. Raiders to move past John Hadl (201) for second in team history...game ball from Head Coach Mike McCoy after 24-6 win at Jacksonville Oct. 20...completed first 14 passes of game, his most-ever at start of game...also completed last two passes of previous week’s game and 16 straight completions set new team mark...went 22 of 26 (84.6) vs. Jaguars for third game of season with completion percentage higher than 80.0...was second-highest completion percentage for game in his career...eclipsed 30,000 career yards during game to become fifth-fastest player in NFL history (123 games) to do so...FedEx Air NFL Player of Week after passing for 392 yards and three touchdowns, including 26-yard game winner to Seyi Ajirotutu with 24 seconds left in fourth quarter of 41-38 win at Kansas City Nov. 24...also threw season-long 60-yard TD pass to Ladarius Green in fourth quarter...led Chargers to 31 second-half points, including 17 in fourth quarter...went 11 of 13 for 199 yards and touchdown on third downs... marked fourth game of season with at least 390 yards, tying for most in season in NFL history...passed for 252 yards Dec. 1 vs. Cincinnati to raise season total to 3,633 for team-record, sixth-straight 3,500-yard season...season-high 137.4 passer rating in 37-14 win over New York Giants Dec. 8...completed 75 percent (21 of 28) with three TDs and no INTs...raised season touchdown total to 26, marking sixth-straight 25-TD season...led 6-7 Chargers to 27-20 upset win over 11-2 Broncos on short week in Dec. 12 NFL Network Thursday Night game at Sports Authority Field...threw touchdown passes of 19 and 10 yards to Keenan Allen and topped 4,000 yards for season during game for team record fifth-career 4,000-yard season...Dec. 22 vs. Oakland, threw TD pass in 19th-straight game, tying John Hadl (1966-67) for third-longest streak in team history...led Chargers to playoffs for first time since 2009 with 27-24 overtime win against Kansas City Dec. 29...helped Bolts overcome 10-point deficit in fourth quarter and then led 16-play, 62-yard drive in overtime...three touchdown passes in game, including six-yarder to Royal in fourth quarter to raise season total to 30 for third-career 30-TD campaign...was 20th-straight game with TD pass, tying Fouts (1979-80) for second-longest streak in team history... went just 12 of 16 for 126 yards but threw four-yard touchdown pass to Allen in third quarter to lead Bolts to Jan. 5 Wild Card Playoff win at Cincinnati... was first playoff victory since 2008 season...threw pair of 16-yard touchdown passes to Keenan Allen in fourth quarter of Jan. 12 Divisional Playoff loss at Denver.
2012: made 100th-career and 100th-straight start Sept. 30 at Kansas City...first completion of game, 14-yard screen to Jackie Battle, was 2,000th-career completed pass...also surpassed 25,000 career passing yards during Chiefs contest (104th career game) to become seventh fastest player to 25,000 yards...season-high 354-yards Oct. 7 at New Orleans...first-career four-interception game Oct. 15 vs. Denver...completed team-record 90.0% of passes (18 of 20) Nov. 1 vs. Kansas City in NFL Network Thursday Night game …only sixth time in NFL history that quarterback completed 90 percent or better in game (min. 20 att.)...completed first 13 passes of game, tying mark for third-most consecutive completions in game in team history…first incompletion of game was pass intentionally thrown out of back of end zone...passed for career-high 148 yards in first quarter Nov. 11 at Tampa Bay...ended first half 16 of 18 for 218 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for rating of 156.7...passed for 228 yards Nov. 25 vs. Baltimore to raise career total to 27,105 and move past John Hadl (26,938) for second-most career yards in team history...tied season-high with three touchdown passes in 34-24 win at Pittsburgh Dec. 9...posted season-high passer rating (142.0) in Dec. 30 finale vs. Oakland.
2011: Pro Bowl...Chargers MVP...335 yards Sept. 11 vs. Minnesota were most in season opener...capped 13th-career fourth-quarter come back with 19-yard touchdown pass to Mike Tolbert with 5:01 remaining...went over 20,000 career pass yards Sept. 18 at New England on 29-yard pass to Vincent Jackson on first completion of game...first rushing touchdown (two yards) since 2009 Oct. 9 at Denver...tied career high with four touchdown passes Nov. 6 vs. Green Bay, including first opening drive touchdown of season...was fourth-career 4-TD game…finished with 385 yards, fourth-highest of career...also threw three interceptions vs. Packers, ending NFL-record streak of games started at start of career without a three-interception game at 90…previous mark (57) was set by Hall of Fame QB Joe Montana...Nov. 20 at Chicago, threw 150th and 151st touchdown passes of career to join Dan Fouts (254) and John Hadl (201) as only players in franchise history and 75th player in NFL history with 150 career scoring strikes...also went over 3,000 yards for season in game, marking sixth-straight year...posted season-high 146.1 passer rating in 38-14 win at Jacksonville Dec. 5 on ESPN's Monday Night Football...completed 22 of 28 (.786) for 294 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions...52-yard touchdown pass to Malcom Floyd was Chargers' longest since Week 4 vs. Miami...finished game with 1,842 career completions to pass John Hadl (1,824) for second in team history...three touchdown passes Dec. 11 vs. Buffalo increased season total to 22 marking at least 21 touchdown passes in all six seasons as starter...went over 4,000 yards for team-record fourth-consecutive season during NBC Sunday Night Football game vs. Baltimore Dec. 18...interception late in fourth quarter Dec. 24 at Detroit was first since Nov. 20 at Chicago and ended career-best string of 170-straight passes without one...was second-longest stretch in team history (Drew Brees, 194).
2010: Pro Bowl...NFL Alumni Association quarterback of Year... Chargers MVP...USA Today Chargers MVP ...334 yards vs. Jacksonville Sept. 19 for 16th-career 300-yard game, tying John Hadl for second in team history...team-record 455 yards Sept. 26 at Seattle on career-high 53 attempts.... career-best 17th-consecutive game with touchdown pass...increased career yardage to 16,279, passing Stan Humphries (16,085) for third in team history...AFC Offensive Player of Month (October) after completing 125 of 185 (.676) for NFL-leading 1,562 yards with eight touchdowns and 101.2 quarterback rating...passing yards were NFL record for October - Dan Marino (1,555 in 1988)... team-record third AFC Player of Month honor for Rivers... 148.1 passer rating Oct. 3 vs. Arizona was second-highest of career...431 yards Oct. 10 at Oakland was ninth in team history, including career-high 290 in first half...22 completions Oct. 17 at St. Louis to move past Humphries (1,335) for third in team history...team-record 21st-straight game with touchdown pass Oct. 31 vs. Tennessee...305 yards vs. Titans, raising season total to 2,649, most ever in NFL for first eight games of season (Fouts-2,580 in 1982)...tied career-high with four touchdowns Nov. 7 at Houston... 137.2 passer rating was best of season on road...passed Steve Young (96.8) as NFL's all-time career passer rating (96.9) leader...second-straight four-touchdown game Nov. 22 vs. Denver...third quarterback in team history (Drew Brees, 2004 and Dan Fouts, 1985) with consecutive four-touchdown games...career-high (.826) completion percentage Nov. 28 at Indianapolis...23-game streak with touchdown pass ended vs. Colts...was team record and longest- active in NFL...25th touchdown Dec. 12 vs. Kansas City to become first Chargers quarterback with 25-plus touchdowns three straight seasons...threw 88th touchdown since '08 for most by Chargers' quarterback in three-year stretch (Fouts-87, 1979-81)...24 attempts vs. Kansas City to pass Humphries (2,350) for third in team history...went over 4,000 yards Dec. 16 vs. San Francisco for third straight year, matching Fouts' team record (1979-81)...threw 1,500th career completion vs. 49ers... posted 150.5 rating, second-highest of career...started Pro Bowl Jan. 30 at Aloha Stadium...was 17 of 26 for 192 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions for AFC.
2009: Pro Bowl, Dallas Morning News' NFL MVP, Chargers MVP... Game Ball Sept. 14 at Oakland after engineering game-winning touchdown drive of 89 yards in nine plays over final 2:30 of fourth quarter...completed 6-of-7 for 79 yards for 10th-career fourth-quarter come-from-behind victory...was one of two fourth-quarter touchdown drives... finished quarter with 144.4 rating...career-high 436 yards vs. Baltimore Sept. 20, tying Fouts, who was at stadium working as analyst for CBS, for fourth-best passing game in team history...included career-long 81-yard first-quarter touchdown pass to Darren Sproles for ninth-longest pass play in team history...Oct. 25 at Kansas City, throws career touchdown passes 86-88 for third on team's all-time touchdown passes list...included 58-yarder to Sproles...Nov. 1 vs. Oakland, streak of 143 passes without interception halted off tipped pass...first interception since Sept. 20, four-plus games...Game Ball after game-winning 18-yard touchdown to Vincent Jackson with 0:21 left in fourth quarter for 21-20 win at New York Giants Nov. 8...11th-career fourth-quarter game-winning touchdown drive...drive went eight plays, 80 yards and 1:46... Game Ball Nov. 15 vs. Philadelphia after completing career-high 80.0% and posting 131.8 rating... December AFC Offensive Player of Month...Game Ball after season-high 140.8 passer rating Dec. 6 at Cleveland... 373 yards and two touchdowns vs. Browns...Game Ball Dec. 13 at Dallas... 100th career touchdown pass (14 yards to Antonio Gates) to tie as NFL's eighth-fastest to 100 (65 games)...Game Ball after leading game-winning 46-yard field goal drive in 0:51 left in fourth quarter Dec. 20 vs Cincinnati...game-winning kick was 52 yards...308 yards passing and three touchdowns vs. Bengals...Oakland win at Denver minutes later clinches fourth-straight AFC West title...Game Ball Dec. 25 at Tennessee after clinching No. 2 seed in playoffs and surpassing 4,000 yards for season...132.1 rating vs. Titans for fourth 130-plus game of season...did not play in Pro Bowl (injury).
2008: Pro Bowl first-alternate…Chargers Offensive Player of Year and co-MVP…Chargers Alumni Offensive Player of Month (September)…season-high 377 yards Sept. 14 at Denver… Fed Ex Air NFL Player of Week after 48-29 victory vs. New York Jets on ESPN's Monday Night Football Sept. 22…first pass intercepted and returned for touchdown, but completed next 19 of 24 for 250 yards and three touchdowns…Fed Ex Air NFL Player of Week vs. New England on NBC's Sunday Night Football Oct. 12...first-career 300-yard game (306) at Qualcomm Stadium and season-high passer rating (141.9)… two second-half touchdown passes in 20-19 win over Kansas City Nov. 9… 316 yards vs. Chiefs for first back-to-back 300-yard games by Charger since John Friesz (1991)…led game-winning 14-play, 94-yard drive in 8:28, going 8-of-8 for 75 yards…no touchdowns Nov. 16 at Pittsburgh, ending 16-game streak, tied with John Hadl for third-longest in team history…AFC Offensive Player of Month (December)… Offensive Player of Week by AFC and SportsIllustrated.com after 22-21 win Dec. 14 at Kansas City...rallied team from 21-10 deficit in final 4:55 of fourth quarter, going 19 of 25 for 199 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions while directing touchdown drives of 89 and 61 yards…game-winning touchdown pass to Jackson (10 yards) with 0:36 left… ESPN.com Game Ball after career-high four touchdowns in 41-24 win at Tampa Bay Dec. 21…rallied team from 24-20 fourth-quarter deficit with touchdown passes of five and 32 yards... clinched third-straight AFC West title in 52-21 win over Denver Dec. 28… rallied Chargers from 17-14 deficit in fourth quarter of Wild Card vs. Indy for 23-17 overtime win...directed game-tying field goal drive late in fourth quarter and game-winning touchdown drive on first series of overtime…308 yards and three touchdowns in Jan. 11 Divisional Playoffs at Pittsburgh.
2007: Chargers co-Most Inspirational Player…completed first 15 passes Sept. 23 at Green Bay, tying Fouts' team record…16th pass was intentionally thrown away thru back of end zone…AFC Offensive Player of Week and FedEx Air NFL Player of Week after season-best 151.4 passer rating Oct. 7 at Denver… first-career rushing touchdown and perfect 8-of-8 for 160 yards and two touchdowns (158.3) in third quarter vs. Broncos…Game Ball after three touchdowns Nov. 25 vs. Baltimore…injured (knee) in second quarter at Tennessee Dec. 9, but returned in third quarter and threw two fourth quarter touchdown passes to lead overtime come-from-behind victory…brought team back from 17-3 deficit in fourth quarter, capping 80-yard game-tying drive with touchdown to Gates with 0:09 remaining...Game Ball after 292 yards in Jan. 6 Wild Card win vs. Tennessee… 25-yard touchdown to Vincent Jackson in third quarter gave Chargers first lead of game…4-of-4 for 55 yards on touchdown drive and 9-of-10 for 137 yards and touchdown (152.1) in third quarter…left Jan. 13 Divisional Playoff win at Indy on last play of third quarter after hurting knee while throwing screen pass to Sproles for 56-yard touchdown catch-and-run, putting Bolts up, 21-17…started and played entire AFC Championship Game Jan. 20 at New England with torn ACL in right knee.
2006: Pro Bowl...Chargers Offensive Player of Year...first-career start Sept. 11 at Oakland on ESPN's Monday Night Football... led Chargers to 27-0 win...went 8-of-11 (.727) for 133.0 passer rating, second-highest completion percentage and third-highest rating for NFL quarterback making first career start in season opener (since 1995)...Chargers Alumni Player of Week after 40-7 win over Tennessee Sept. 17…Sports Illustrated's “Who's Hot” after 23-13 win over defending Super Bowl Champion Steelers Oct. 8…AFC Offensive Player of Week and FedEx Air NFL Player of Week after 334 yards and two touchdowns at San Francisco Oct. 15…first-career 300-yard game...13 straight completions in first half equaled third-most in team history…during streak, racked up 195 yards and two touchdowns, including 57-yarder to Gates and 33-yarder to Jackson…completed 14 of first 15...lone incompletion intentionally thrown away…led four scoring drives in game without incompletion, including three touchdown drives…9-of-10 for 142 yards and touchdown on third down plays…NBC Football Night in America Player of Day and SportsIllustrated.com Offensive Player of Week after 337 yards and three touchdowns in 49-41 come-from-behind win at Cincinnati Nov. 12, including first-half deficits of 21-0 and 28-7...led squad to team-record 42 points in second half…three touchdown passes in second half…19-of-25 for 291 yards and three touchdowns after falling behind 21-0 and three incompletions were throwaways…6-of-6 on touchdowns inside red zone...8-of-8 for 93 yards and touchdown (154.7) on 3rd downs in second half…led Chargers from 17-point deficit in 35-27 win at Denver Nov. 19...battled back after interception returned 31 yards for touchdown to give Broncos 24-7 lead…led early 99-yard drive, Bolts' longest since Nov. 25, 2001…fourth pass of game was picked, ending streak of 125 consecutive passes without interception, then longest-active streak in NFL…was first interception since Oct. 22…picture-perfect 37-yard game-winning touchdown pass to Jackson in rain with 0:29 left in fourth quarter Dec. 24 at Seattle…despite foot sprain, season-high 79.2 pct. vs. Arizona Dec. 31...9 of 10 for 135 yards and two touchdowns (158.3) in second quarter…played thru foot sprain in Jan. 14 playoffs vs. New England…did not play in Pro Bowl (foot). 2005: Took over for Drew Brees (injured) in second quarter of Dec. 31 season finale vs. Denver...led team on 10-play, 69-yard touchdown drive on first series. 2004: Played second half vs. Kansas City Jan. 2 and threw first-career touchdown pass to Malcom Floyd.
COLLEGE: Seventh in Heisman Trophy voting as senior… NCAA-record 51 career starts…seventh quarterback in NCAA history and first in ACC with three 3,000-yard seasons…2003 ACC Player of Year and first-team All-ACC after leading NCAA with 72.0% completion percentage and 170.5 rating...second in NCAA in yards (4,491) and total offense (353.9 ypg)…MVP of '03 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…“Award of Distinction” from Columbus touchdown Club…co-Governor's Award as team MVP…MVP of '02 Gator Bowl vs. Notre Dame…CNN/SportsIllustrated National Player of Week after five-touchdown game vs. Navy in '02…honorable mention All-ACC as sophomore and MVP of Citrus Bowl…ACC Rookie of Year and Academic All-ACC in '00…Newcomer of Year by ABC Sports...Freshman of Year by Football News and Columbus touchdown Club…MVP of '00 Micron PC Bowl…ACC Player of Week once, ACC Offensive Back of Week twice and league-record ACC Rookie of Week eight times…played at North Carolina State from 2000-03…degree in business.
PERSONAL: Born in Decatur, Ala.…Alabama Player of Year as senior at Athens High.