Philip Rivers, the veteran Indianapolis Colts quarterback, has made hints that the Week 17 faceoff against Jacksonville Jaguars could very well be his last professional NFL appearance.
Philip Rivers has enjoyed a culminating seventeen season in the NFL. Since getting drafted to the Los Angeles Chargers in 2004 (then San Diego Chargers) as a first-round pick, the QB has been inducted in eight Pro-Bowls, along with numerous other individual awards in his professional career.
The 39-year-old switched sides with Indianapolis last year, penning a one-year deal worth $25 million. Now, after 243 career games, the veteran feels its time to consider walking out of the pitch for good.
Philip Rivers contemplating retirement following Jaguars match this Sunday
Speaking to The Athletic’s Stephen Holder, Rivers admitted that he indeed has contemplated about retirement, suggesting this Sunday’s clash could very well be his last match.
“It did cross my mind. If things don’t go the way you want this weekend, it could be… I guess it’s healthy to have that thought bc we’re not guaranteed anything going forward,” Rivers was quoted by Holder on Twitter.
All that being said, Holder also claimed that Rivers hopes that the Jaguars match doesn’t turn out to be his final NFL game, although being cocerned that he has reached the twilight age of his career.
While the thoughts of retirement does cross his mind, Rivers is pretty determined about his post-NFL life, in which he wants to become a high school coach.
“Whatever God wants, so if there’s nothing out there, I don’t want to just try to hang on to play. If nothing’s out there, shoot, we’ll start coaching,” Rivers said during a press conference back in May at the St. Michael Catholic High School in Fairhope, Alabama, the same school where the QB wants to start his coaching duties.
In his 17 seasons in the NFL, Rivers has completed 5,261 passes, 420 of them for touchdowns, while covering 63,276 passing yards and 208 interceptions.