“I’m just not that big a fan of the guy…I don’t like how he carries himself, I don’t like some of the stuff he does on the field.”
Those were the words from quarterback Jay Cutler about Philip Rivers in a interview a few years back. It is rare to hear quarterbacks go at each other vocally. Opposing QBs are never on the field together. They don’t have the luxury of matching up like a cornerback and wide receiver can. So why would Jay Cutler say that?
It is because Philip Rivers is one of the best trash-talkers in the game. And there might not be another individual quite like him in the NFL.
Normally we are used to seeing great quarterbacks receive praise for their on and off-the-field professional attitude. Guys such as Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers (the best player in the NFL, by the way), and even Russell Wilson are celebrated for their attributes. But then you have Philip Rivers, who is not afraid to boast about his game. The dude demands respect every time he goes out and plays.
Coming out of N.C. State, Rivers was overlooked, being labeled the second-best quarterback in the ’04 NFL Draft. He’s played with a chip on his shoulder ever since. While he doesn’t get the praise like other quarterbacks, it is worth noting what fuels Philip Rivers to be the quarterback he is today. In the end, You Wish You Had as Much Swagger as Philip Rivers. We know why. Let us tell you.
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