With the NFL Now Behind Him, What’s the ‘Next Chapter’ for Philip Rivers?

Published 01/20/2021, 1:24 PM EST
Dec 27, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; ndianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers (17) reacts on the sidelines against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the third quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Philip Rivers has had a sensational career to show for in the NFL. Ranking 5th in the league’s all-time leading passing chart with 63,440 yards, Rivers was one of the best to ever grace the league.


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Unfortunately, he bows out with no Super Bowl ring, but his legacy will live on in the league for the years to come. Rivers ends his 17-season-long career with 5,277 completed passes and 421 touchdowns. Numbers which very well could see him enter the NFL’s Hall of Fame.

But now, with the NFL behind him, Rivers says a new chapter awaits. But what is it exactly?


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A new challenge for Philip Rivers

The veteran quarterback announced his decision to retire on Wednesday. And soon enough he said that he is excited to move on to the next chapter in his life.

And that challenge is coaching. The 39-year-old will now take over as the Head Coach of St. Michael Catholic High School in Alabama. After signing a 1-year deal with the Colts last season, Rivers was named the school’s coach-in-waiting.

Rivers had committed to taking up the job after hanging up his boots in the NFL and is set to stick with it. The former Chargers QB is set to take over as the Head Coach from April 1st.


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Several television networks too are likely to swoop in for his signature as a commentator for their NFL coverage. Many former NFL quarterbacks have gone on to enjoy successful broadcasting careers after hanging up their boots.

This includes the likes of Tony Romo, Troy Aikman, and Terry Bradshaw to name a few. And with his fun-loving, charismatic persona, it’s almost a certainty that Rivers will be a hit on the TV screens if he is to go down that route.

One of the best to never win a Super Bowl ring

Rivers can look back at his career with pride. The man always put his everything on the line when taking to the pitch.

Perhaps this statement is best backed up by the fact that he has never missed a game after earning the starting job with the Chargers franchise back in 2006.


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Starting 252 consecutive games in the process, the man even played an AFC Championship Game back in 2007 6 days after getting a surgery done for a torn ACL.

Nov 12, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers (17) throws a pass against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

The tragedy of it all is that River never got a Super Bowl win. He never even made it to the biggest game of them all. In fact, the ’07 AFC Championship appearance was the closest he ever got to a Super Bowl.


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Rivers, however, has no regrets. Despite having no Super Bowl rings, he will go down as a legend of the sport.

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.