Philip Rivers is a known popular American football player who plays for Los Angeles Chargers. He is one of the most favorized players amongst LA Chargers fans and his playmates.
He was born as Philip Michael Rivers on December 8, 1981, in Decatur in Alabama, United States.
He was born in sports family since his father, Steve Rivers, was the chief coach of Highschool’s football team. His mother, named Joan, was a teacher at the same school and they have met there. His father was influencing him to stay in the same profession (sports) that he was in since he could give him private lessons and help him achieve goals faster.
He had a happy childhood, supported by his parents and in the company with his younger brother Stephen who also loved football very much. The two of them spent many hours playing football together, and this is why they have made a special bond.
He attended Decatur’s high school for a while before he moved to Athens, but never had a special interest in any of the subjects other than football.
He became the member of the school’s team very early, encouraged and trained by his father. He even wore the same number (on his jersey) as his father; 17. He wore it to honor him and thank him for all his support during his life and to show off the special relationship the two of them had.
He had to move to Athens and join their football team after his father became the head coach of that team, so he followed his dad there. He was never afraid to take chances even in other countries since he always had his dad by his side.
His first official game was in 1994, while he was a 7th grader and from that point, he never went to the bench until he finished high school. He was one of the most valuable players on the school’s team and was always amongst the first to get on the field.
North Carolina State College was the first college which gave him an offer to become their quarterback, which was his dream. Before NC, only a few schools offered him a scholarship but not in the quarterback’s position, so he declined them. The quarterback position was the only position he wanted to take because he loved it most and dreamed of it since middle school.
So he joined the University of Raleigh in North Carolina where he became a player for North Carolina State Wolfpack team. This was a huge thing for him since from that moment on; he only became more famous. He became a great asset to North Carolina University and the best player of the season.
The first season brought him many honors: “Rookie of the Week” and “Freshman of the Year” were just some of them. He became pretty popular in school too.
In 2003 it was announced that he is named “ACC Player of the Year” and even an “Athlete of the Year.” It didn’t take long for him to show his great football talent.
During his college career, he broke almost every North Carolina State University record. This was incredible, especially for someone his age. North Carolina has a special place in school where students can read about all of his successes.
Although he was a great player with great records from college, some of NFL teams thought that he has a lack of strength in arms and unorthodox way of throwing. They thought it might be an issue later on when he is going to join professionals.
In 2004 he signed a longtime contract (6 years) with San Diego Chargers, but he didn’t play a lot in the same season. He joined the team in a trade with NY Giants.
In 2005 he entered game more, but still not as much as he wanted. He decided to try and push harder and show his coach that he was worth every minute he played.
At the end of 2006, he made his first start in NFL against the Oakland Raiders. That season was the first season that The Chargers were undefeated at home. He proved himself to be a very valuable player.
In 2007 he played an entire game with a torn ligament. He impressed his fans but scared his wife and family very much because they thought he would hurt himself too much. He led his team to AFC Championship game.
2008 was a great year for him, and he set a few records for touchdown passes.
In 2009 he signed a new contract with the Chargers again for six years. The Chargers didn’t want to let him go after he proved himself to be irreplaceable.
He is ranked 8th in NFL history for touchdown passes and in passer rating.
In 2009 he was in Top 5 quarterbacks who threw over 4000 yards.
In 2010 he joined the only passers who posted 100.0 in three straight years; Steve Young and Peyton Manning.
He became the 1st quarterback in team history with over 25 touchdown passes in 3 consecutive seasons.
In 2013 he was named “Comeback Player of the Year.”
He has been selected to Pro Bowl in 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
In 2012 he became the 7th fastest quarterback in NFL ever.
He is still an LA Charger quarterback and is very satisfied with his place in the team.
In 2001, he married his high school girlfriend Tiffany. Since he was a devout Roman Catholic, she converted to the Catholic faith for him. Their love was noticed by their schoolmates, and the sincere love they were giving each other was expected to be celebrated in life.
They grew up together and got married after his freshman season ended. They live in San Diego County with their eight children, six girls, and two boys. There has never been much controversy towards their marriage since they have a healthy relationship all along and the media rarely talks about them in a bad way.
He became a finalist for Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2011, because of his work with “Rivers of Hope Foundation.” He and his wife were involved in charity, helping foster children.
He has a younger brother Stephen who also played college football and after that played for LSU and Vanderbilt. He retired in 2015, from Northwestern State football team.
He had arthroscopic surgery on the knee later on.
He owns an Aston Martina, H2 Hummer, and SUV. He customized his vehicle in 2017 because he had to travel long hours. His team relocated to Los Angeles, but his family chose to stay in San Diego. He made it into luxurious mobile office so he could come home when he pleases, not losing any comfort during driving.
He owns a great mansion with six bedrooms and six bathrooms, a courtyard with a fountain and swimming pool. He is not afraid to show off when it comes to fortune since he loves everything he owns.
He has his wine cellar, a big library and a media room (for watching football games).
Full name: Philip Michael Rivers
Date of birth: December 8, 1981
Birthplace: Decatur in Alabama, United States.
Profession: NFL player
Height: 1,96 m
Weight: 103 kgs
Net Worth: $30 million