For as long as I can remember, my Twitter avatar has been a photo of me holding up a giant Philip Rivers fathead in front of my face. Rivers has always been one of the most underrated personalities in the NFL and yesterday he officially announced his retirement.
Over the course of 17 seasons, Rivers put his stamp on the league while throwing temper tantrums from the sideline, barking at teammates, floating up passes that were successful way more often than they had the right to be, pumping out kids, commuting to LA in a living room, and always wearing his emotions on his sleeve.
If that resume sounds vaguely backhanded, it’s because it is. My intro to Rivers was as a die hard Broncos fan. He was the perfect villain who I once despised but came to appreciate more and more once I ditched traditional fandom for a fantasy obsession.
Rivers finishes his career with the 5th most passing yards ever (63.440), 5th most passing TDs (421), and as an 8x Pro Bowler. As Field Yates notes, his most impressive accomplishment is most likely 252 straight starts without missing a game.
Cheers, Philip. You’ll be missed.
Here’s what else is on my radar today…
- In addition to working his way through the concussion protocol, Patrick Mahomes is also dealing with a foot issue. He is expected to practice today, so we’ll know more about where he’s at tomorrow.
- Mike Clay put together a grid with all of the current 2021 head coaches, offensive and defensive coordinators, and GMs. Most recently, the Lions have hired Dan Campbell, a man you don’t want to piss off, to be their next head coach.
- Lord Reebs aka Rich Hribar has The Worksheet for Conference Championship weekend up on Sharp Football.
- Michael Thomas was limited by his ankle injury all season and is likely to have multiple surgeries this offseason...Speaking of surgeries, A.J. Brown underwent surgery on both knees. Incredible that he had such a productive season with the injuries. Grown Ass Man, right there...Zack Moss underwent a surgery on his ankle yesterday and is expected to make a full recovery by the time offseason workouts roll around.
- Peter Overzet