You Wish You Had as Much Swagger as Philip Rivers

  • Eli Manning, Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger
    2004 NFL Draft

    The 2004 NFL Draft arguably had the best quarterback class of all time with Eli Manning, Rivers, and Big Ben. After Eli was taken first overall by the Chargers, the Giants drafted Rivers with the fourth pick and shipped him to San Diego for Eli. Big Ben was then drafted 11th overall to the Steelers. The three will forever be linked. After Eli demanded to be traded he became the most hated man in San Diego since Ryan Leaf, while Rivers has been one of the most exciting quarterbacks the team has ever had.

    Eli and Big Ben have had their success, winning four Super Bowls between them, and that is the only thing that has held Philip Rivers back in the conversation of who is the best out of the trio. He is often listed as the third best quarterback from their draft class but if you look across their career statistics, Rivers has been the most successful passer.

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  • Drew Brees, Philip Rivers
    Starter for the Chargers

    Philip Rivers spent his first two years riding the bench as Drew Brees’ protege. It was not until Brees left for New Orleans that Rivers excelled, becoming one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Since then Rivers has gone 79-49 (.617) in the regular season as the team’s starter. He led the team to AFC West titles in each of his first four seasons as the starter. Since 2006, he has passed for 32,221 yards, which are second in the NFL to…guess who? Drew Brees, who has 38,733 yards.

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  • Philip Rivers
    Has never missed a game as a starter

    Through 11 seasons, Rivers has never missed a game. That is including the 2007 AFC Championship Game, which he played on a torn ACL. While the Chargers lost, it still goes down in history as one of the gutsiest moves a guy has ever made on a football field. He has started in 128 consecutive regular-season games, ranking only behind Eli Manning at 151 among active NFL quarterbacks.

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  • One of the most prolific trash-talkers

    The NFL is a league that has honed some of the greatest trash-talkers in history. Deion Sanders is the poster boy of trash-talking in the days of Prime Time. Richard Sherman became a star and villain in last year’s AFC Championship versus the San Francisco 49ers after he called out wide receiver Michael Crabtree. Rivers is known around the league for this. He has got into it with not only Jay Cutler but also Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin.

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  • Philip Rivers
    Bolo tie

    After a win over the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Wild Card earlier this year, it wasn’t Rivers’ play that gained notoriety. It was his bolo tie. Seriously you have to be on a different level of swag to pull off a bolo tie. Only a few guys can get away with it.

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  • Philip Rivers
    2013 Comeback Player of the Year

    Rivers had his worst seasons in the NFL in 2011 and 2012 where he regressed significantly. During the time, the Chargers were going through coaching changes while players were constantly leaving. Rivers combined for a 15-17 record and had a career-high in interceptions with 20 in 2011. In 2013, Rivers bounced back and threw for 32 touchdowns (his personal best) and a QB rating of 105.3. He led San Diego to the playoffs after a four-year absence and led them to a victory over the Bengals in the AFC Wild Card. Rivers was named Comeback Player of the Year after the season.

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  • Philip Rivers
    2014 season

    When the Chargers hired head coach Mike McCoy two seasons ago, Philip Rivers’ career was rejuvenated. Now midway through the 2014-15 season, Philip Rivers arguably has been the MVP of the league. This season he is straight up balling. Through the first eight games, he had completed 68.3 percent of his passes for 2,213 yards, 20 touchdowns, five interceptions, with a QB rating of 109.9. He does not lead quarterbacks in any statistical category but is ranked near the top five in every category. It is time for Philip Rivers to finally get some respect in this league.

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  • Eli Manning, Philip Rivers, Ben Roethlisberger
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“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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