In January of 2021, Philip Rivers formally retired from the NFL and took a step out of the spotlight after a lengthy and distinguished career to follow in his father’s footsteps as a high school football coach. Rivers began his coaching career with St. Michael Catholic High School in Fairhope in the spring of 2021 and is now set to lead his team in his first season as an AHSAA head coach.
After an illustrious college career, Rivers entered the 2004 NFL draft and was taken by the New York Giants with the fourth pick of the first round and was subsequently traded to the San Diego Chargers with whom he would spend 16 of his 17 professional seasons.
Rivers professional career was exceptionally noteworthy as one of resiliency and determination as he would lead his team to 29 fourth quarter comebacks and 35 game winning drives. He was selected to represent the AFC in the Pro Bowl eight times and was twice selected for the All-Pro team. In 2013 he was voted as the Associated Press Comeback Player of the Year.
Rivers has laid claim to fifth all time in passing yards with 63,440 yards, fifth all time in passing touchdowns with 421, and fifth all time in total offense with 61,209 yards. He is also top 15 all time in completion percentage at 64.9% and game winning drives with 35.
Rivers attended North Carolina State University where he led the team from under center all four years. He took the Wolfpack to four bowl appearances and three bowl victories. Rivers led the Atlantic Coast Conference in completion percentage during the 2001 and 2003 campaigns. During the 2003 season he completed an NCAA best 72% of his passes. That year he also paced the ACC with 4,491 passing yards, 9.3 yards per attempt, and 34 passing touchdowns and was chosen as the ACC’s Player of the Year and Athlete of the Year.
Born in Decatur, Alabama, Rivers grew up around the game of football and took note of the positive impact that his father Steve had on his players. Rivers played his high school ball at Athens High school where he was coached by his father.
Today Rivers strives to be a role model and present a positive image for the young men that he coaches. As a true family man, he enjoys the time that he has with his wife Tiffany, and their nine children: Halle, Caroline, Grace, Gunner, Sarah, Peter, Rebecca, Clare, and Anna.