When it comes to making touchdowns and breaking records as far as American football is concerned, one of the names that ring a loud bell is the Los Angeles Chargers’ Philip Rivers. The multi-record breaking American football player has shattered more records than most football Players of his time. Since he was drafted by the Chargers during the 2004 NFL Draft, he has gone on to surpass Dan Fouts as their All-Time passing yards leader after his first starting game on 11th September 2006.
This player has amazing game statistics. He has played a total of 196 games for LA Chargers between 2004 and 2016. He was in the starting lineup for 192 of those games and attained a record 6,492 attempted passes, 4,171 completed passes, 50,348 passing yards, 166 interception, and 342 touchdowns. Rivers ranks amongst some of the fastest quarterbacks alive.
He has earned 7 Pro-Bowl selection between 2006 and 2007, was named NFL pass rating leader in 2008 as well as Passing Touchdown Co-leader the same year, he was NFL passing yard leader and Alumni Quarterback of the Year in 2010, A 4-time AFC Offensive Player of the Month 2008-2010 and 2014, NFL Completion leader 2013, Comeback Player of the Year 2013.
Philip Rivers’ Bio
Born on 8th December 1981 in Decatur, Alabama, Philip got his inspiration for the game of football from his father who was then the head coach of the Decatur High School.
The NFL player attended Athens High School and was mentored and nurtured by his dad to fully embrace the game at a very young age. He continued his footballing career in the North Carolina University where he landed the playing position of a quarterback in the University’s football team, The Wolf Pack.
He was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2000 when he led his team to victory against Minnesota. Philip won 8 consecutive Rookie of the Week Awards and was named the All-American as well as MVP in another game at the Tangerine Bowl, a game in which his team lost.
He played a total of 51 games and recorded 13,484 passing yards, 1,147 passes with 95 touchdowns in his college career. He was ranked North Carolina 8th All-time Highest.
In Philip Rivers’ rookie year, he played in only 2 games and recorded just 1 touchdown, 5 passes for 33-yard passes, had 1 forced fumble, but no interceptions, he earned 110.9% passer’s rating in that season. He kept at it as the passes and touchdowns increased, peaking in 2008 with 312 completed passes for 4,009 yard passes, 11 interceptions, amassing 34 pass touchdowns, 6 total forced fumbles.
Furthermore, as the seasons progressed, Philip Rivers, relentlessly pursued his points, obtaining for 2015 season 437 completion passes for 4,792 yard passes, 13 interceptions, 661 attempted passes and 29 touchdown passes with the 93% QB rating for that season.
Philip Rivers’ celebrated his 15th season in 2018 since he was drafted in August 2004 after which he signing a six-year, $40.5 million contract with the Chargers that included $14.5 million in signing bonuses. He is one of the oldest and experienced quarterbacks and arguably one of the most nominated and awarded NFL players of all time. He is already blowing red hot with the beginning of the 2018 season as he has recorded 8 touchdowns, 75 completed passes for 906-yard rushes and 1 interception.
Philip Rivers, over the years, has paid his due as a quarterback and has also been duly recognized and awarded for his contributions in the NFL. One of the notable records he broke was in 2009 when he accumulated the 83.3% of completion passes against the Cowboys. Other recognitions are the Pro-Bowl selection in 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013, 2016 and 2017, NFL passing yard leader in 2010 and 2015, and the 4x AFC Offensive Player of the Month in 2008, 2009 December, October 2010 and September, 2014 as well as the NFL Comeback Player of the year (AP, PFWA – 2013).
Family Life – His Wife And Kids
Steve and Joan Rivers are the parents of Philip Rivers. Philip Rivers has 2 siblings, Stephen and Anna. His father was a high school head coach who inspired him in his career pathway while his mother was a school teacher. Philip’s father was once a linebacker in the 1970s and played for the Mississippi State while his brother Stephen also followed suit and played football for Austin High School, Louisiana State University, Northwestern State University and briefly with Vanderbilt University all from 2014 to 2015 seasons.
Rivers is married to his longtime high school girlfriend, Tiffany. They were married in 2001 and reside in San Diego County in California. They have quite a large family of 8 children, 6 girls – Halle, Grace, Caroline, Rebecca, Sarah, Claire and 2 boys – Gunner and Peter Philip.
Despite, being a high-earning pro football player, Philip lives a very modest lifestyle. Mostly garbed in modest casual attire and cowboy boots, he drives a 2008 model Ford. He recently spent an estimated sum of $200,000 to acquire a customized SUV which served as a means of commuting between San Diego County where he and his family reside to LA, his new location. The footballer decided against moving his family to the new location and chose to rather travel 6 to 7 hours in the customized SUV daily.
From 2010-2012 Philip and Tiffany Rivers started and financed the Rivers Hope Foundation, a non-profit organization established to provide support for foster kids. A notable beneficiary of this scheme is the San Pascal Academy educational home for foster teenagers.
His Net Worth
Philip Rivers earns an estimated $20.8 million annually. A rough estimate shows that the quarterback has earned close to $180 million since he started out with the Chargers. His net worth is pegged at $80 million.