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JJ Watt shares awesome story about Philip Rivers

JJ Watt

Philip Rivers announced on Wednesday that he is retiring from the NFL, and tributes to the veteran quarterback immediately began pouring in from across the sports world. JJ Watt had one of the best.

Watt shared an awesome story on Twitter about the time Rivers told a Houston Texans defender where to line up. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year said Rivers once pointed at a Texans linebacker before the snap and told him he was in the wrong place.

Rivers is well respected around the NFL, and deservedly so. He’s a tremendous competitor who played 17 seasons and made 240 consecutive starts. That streak is second behind only Brett Favre’s 297. You can understand why teammates and opponents think so highly of him.

The best quarterbacks in NFL history are the ones that work the hardest and have the best understanding of defenses. Rivers may not have a Super Bowl ring, but Watt’s story is further proof that Rivers’ level of preparation was up there with the best of them.

There has been speculation that Rivers could go into broadcasting, but he already has his next job lined up.

Philip Rivers announces retirement from NFL

Philip Rivers

Philip Rivers led the Indianapolis Colts to the playoffs in his first season with the team, but the veteran quarterback will not be doing it again in 2021.

Rivers told Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune on Tuesday that he is retiring from the NFL. He will make the official announcement on Wednesday.

“It’s just time,” Rivers said. “It’s just right.”

Rivers also issued the following statement:

Rivers says he still loves playing and knows he can make throws, but he doesn’t see that changing anytime soon. He certainly proved he is still capable of winning in the NFL this season, as he led the Colts to an 11-5 record and an AFC South title.

Despite that success, Rivers said he is most excited now about the opportunity to coach high school football.

“What has helped me come to this (decision) is the growing desire to coach high school football,” Rivers told Acee. “That’s what I’ve always wanted to do. It’s been growing. I can’t wait.”

Not long after he signed a one-year, $25 million deal with the Colts, Rivers committed to coaching at St. Michael Catholic High School in Fairhope, Ala., upon his retirement. That made it seem likely that he would only play one season in Indianapolis, though he did hint fairly recently that he wanted to keep playing.

There has already been speculation that Rivers could become an NFL analyst, and plenty of major networks want him. He did not mention entering that line of work, however, and it’s unlikely that he could do that while coaching a high school team.

Rivers finishes his career ranked fifth all-time in the NFL with 63,440 passing yards and 421 touchdown passes. His streak of 240 consecutive games started is the second-longest ever behind Brett Favre’s 297. The Hall of Fame awaits.

Terry Bradshaw suggests Colts won’t bring back Philip Rivers

Philip Rivers

Is Philip Rivers’ time in Indianapolis over? Terry Bradshaw seems to think so.

During halftime of the NFC Wild Card playoff game between the Los Angeles Rams and Seattle Seahawks, Bradshaw shared some information from FOX viewers regarding Rivers.

“I’m hearing he’s through in Indy,” Bradshaw said.

Even though it doesn’t sound like the Colts will bring back Rivers based on what Bradshaw is saying, Bradshaw doesn’t think that means Rivers is done in the NFL.

“I don’t necessarily think he’s through playing in the NFL,” Bradshaw added.

Rivers indicated recently that he wants to continue playing in the NFL despite being 39. He said after his Colts lost 27-24 to the Buffalo Bills in the playoffs on Saturday that he will either retire or continue with the Colts.

If the Colts don’t want to bring him back, then it sounds like either Rivers will be a backup or end up retiring. Or if he changes his mind, maybe he’ll try to play for another team.

Rivers passed for 4,169 yards, 24 touchdowns and 11 interceptions this season. He threw for 309 yards and two touchdowns in the loss to Buffalo.

Philip Rivers indicates he will choose between Colts and retirement

Philip Rivers

Philip Rivers has a decision to make on his future after the Indianapolis Colts’ loss to the Buffalo Bills on Saturday. He already seems to have narrowed it down to two choices.

Rivers said after the Colts’ loss that he has not made a decision on whether he’ll play in 2021. He indicated that if he did, however, it would be with Indianapolis.

“If it’s God’s will that I’m in Indy with the Colts next year, then I’ll be here,” Rivers said, via Zak Keefer of The Athletic. “If not, I’ll be on the sideline with a ballcap on my head, coaching football.”

Coach Frank Reich made clear that he would like to have Rivers back for 2021.

“Yeah … those things will work themselves out, but he exceeded expectations in my mind in terms of what he was bringing to the team on and off the field,” Reich said, via Keefer.

Rivers already has his retirement plans sorted out. The only question is when he’ll commit to them. It sounds like the 39-year-old would still like to play, but he’s admitted he might not. He doesn’t seem interested in uprooting his family again for a one-year deal, and it’s hard to blame him.

Philip Rivers indicates he wants to continue playing in 2021

Philip Rivers

Philip Rivers said recently that Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars could be the last of his NFL career, but that does not mean the Indianapolis Colts quarterback wants to retire.

The Colts need to beat Jacksonville and get some help in order make the playoffs. Rivers, who is set to become a free agent after the season, told Zac Keefer of The Athletic on Thursday night that he always thought the 2020 season would need to be a success for Indy to bring him back next year.

“I still feel that way. I don’t want to speak in absolutes because there is still dust to be settled, whenever this season ends, and I’ll talk about it with my family, and the Colts have their side, but I still feel the same way,” Rivers said. “I hope there is a Year 2 (here). I think I’m really gonna want to play again.”

In other words, Rivers doesn’t envision himself walking away on his own accord. It’s unclear if he would be open to playing for another team, but it certainly sounds like he would re-sign with the Colts if they want him back.

Rivers showed us last year that he isn’t going to hang around as a free agent hoping for a team to give him a chance. He’ll almost certainly retire if the right opportunity doesn’t come along, and it’s possible he doesn’t want to relocate again.

Rivers has thrown for 4,005 yards, 23 touchdowns and 10 interceptions this season. He’s led the Colts to 10 wins, which is really all they could ask of him. We know Rivers already has potential employers lining up for him if he decides to retire, but there’s a good chance Indy will want to bring him back in 2021.

Report: TV networks view Philip Rivers as ‘next Tony Romo’

Philip Rivers

Philip Rivers could potentially be playing in the final game of his NFL career on Sunday, but the Indianapolis Colts quarterback is expected to immediately become the top free agent available on a different market should he retire.

Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports reports that Rivers is a hot commodity among television networks, with many executives viewing him as the “next Tony Romo.”

Rivers could have multiple offers with networks looking to secure new media rights deals with the NFL. Sources told McCarthy the 39-year-old could be a fit for FOX’s No. 2 analyst job. There’s also a chance Rivers could become a candidate for the top analyst job alongside Joe Buck if Troy Aikman leaves. Aikman has expressed interest in joining an NFL front office, though that seems unlikely to happen in 2021.

There also could be yet another opening with ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” as Louis Riddick has interviewed for several GM jobs already.

Amazon and Apple are trying to get involved with landing NFL rights as well, and McCarthy says there’s a scenario where one of the tech giants might want to make Rivers the face of its coverage.

Rivers said this week that he has thought about the possibility that Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars will be his last in the NFL.

Whatever the case, Rivers will have no problem finding a suitor if he decides to go into broadcasting. Although, even if networks view him like Romo, we highly doubt he’ll get Romo money. The latest contract Romo signed with CBS is eye-popping and would be tough to match.

Philip Rivers admits Sunday could mark his final NFL game

Philip Rivers

Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers is at least aware of the possibility that Sunday will mark his final NFL game.

The Colts could be excluded from the playoffs if the Ravens, Browns, Titans, and Dolphins all win on Sunday. The 39-year-old Rivers is on a one-year contract with the Colts, and while he made clear he wants to play in 2021, he’s also aware that his fate will be determined by what opportunities he finds on the open market.

“It did cross my mind. If things don’t go the way you want this weekend, it could be,” Rivers said, via Stephen Holder of The Athletic. “I guess it’s healthy to have that thought because we’re not guaranteed anything going forward.”

Rivers is picky about his opportunities, as he demonstrated last offseason. He won’t sign on for just any opportunity, which is why the possibility of him retiring is real. The good news for him is he already knows what he’ll be doing after he calls it quits, so there’s no uncertainty there.

Philip Rivers once trolled offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone so hard

Philip Rivers

Philip Rivers is one of the hardest workers in the NFL, and apparently his troll game may be the only thing that is better than his tight spiral.

Zak Keefer of The Athletic published a great feature on Rivers this week. One of the best anecdotes was from before Rivers’ time in the NFL, when the 38-year-old was being recruited by college programs. Noel Mazzone, who was the offensive coordinator at Auburn at the time, wanted Rivers to play for the Tigers. However, he wasn’t sold on the eight-time Pro Bowler’s release and felt he might be better suited as a linebacker or tight end.

Auburn made Rivers an offer, but he declined and instead committed to North Carolina State as a quarterback. He quickly became one of the best QBs in the country, and NC State hired a new offensive coordinator before his senior year. Guess who it was? Mazzone.

When Mazzone showed up for his first day of practice, he was surprised he didn’t see Rivers working with the other quarterbacks. The coach asked where Philip was, and people directed him to the other side of the field. There, he saw Rivers wearing a No. 86 jersey and working with the tight ends. That, of course, was Rivers’ masterful way of trolling Mazzone for saying he should change positions.

The entire exchange is worth reading, as is the rest of the Rivers feature.

Rivers is a wholesome guy who has nine children and is known for never cursing, but Kansas City Chiefs fans could certainly tell you how much of a legendary troll he is. Mazzone also understands that better than most.

Aaron Rodgers can’t keep up with all of Philip Rivers’ children

Aaron Rodgers

Philip Rivers has enough children to fill up a hockey team, baseball team, and nearly have a full 5-on-5 basketball game. But Aaron Rodgers admits he lost track of Rivers’ children count.

Rodgers appeared on “The Dan Patrick Show” for an interview on Wednesday and talked about protocol for quarterbacks greeting each other after games. That likely came up because of Tom Brady’s recent snubs.

Rodgers says it depends on several factors, such as the relationship between the players, and how a player feels about seeing opponents after a game.

Patrick then joked to the Green Bay Packers quarterback that you can’t ask Rivers about his kids because then the conversation would never end, since Rivers has nine kids. That’s when Rodgers admitted he lost count of the amount of children Rivers has.

“It’s funny, because I said, ‘are you guys working on No. 9 yet? He said ‘we already had No. 9.’ I thought eight was the last one,” Rodgers joked.

Word emerged late in the 2018 season that Rivers was expecting his ninth child. He and his wife have seven girls and two boys.

Rivers is 38 and has been in the NFL since 2004. He was one draft class ahead of Rodgers, who was selected in 2005. The two have been among the best quarterbacks in the league over the last decade-plus.

Referees make correct call on Philip Rivers incompletion vs. Packers

Philip Rivers fumble

The referees in Sunday’s Indianapolis Colts-Green Bay Packers took some time but got a big call correct.

The Colts were leading 31-28 and had a 3rd-and-26 with 1:36 left. Philip Rivers was hit as he was throwing the ball, and the Packers recovered and returned the ball for a touchdown. The initial ruling on the field was a fumble by Rivers returned for a TD.

However, the referees reviewed the play and overturned the call to an incompletion. They ruled that Rivers’ arm was coming forward.

That was the correct call.

Green Bay ended up getting the ball back after a Colts punt and tied the game with a field goal to send it to overtime.

Green Bay lost a fumble in OT, which helped set up a Colts field goal to win it 34-31. Both teams are now 7-3.