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BY JEFF YODER
JAN. 22, 2021   | 
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Rivers Rides Into the Sunset

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Philip Rivers — Colts QB, Chargers Legend and NFL’s Best Trash-Talker — Retires After 17 Seasons

Philip Rivers officially retired from football on Wednesday. The 39-year-old quarterback is destined for the Hall of Fame after 17 remarkable seasons, 8 Pro Bowls and countless passing records with the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers. Rivers was part of the 2004 draft class that included two other star quarterbacks at the top — Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger.

Where Rivers Ranks
Both Manning and Roethlisberger won two Super Bowls in their careers. Rivers hasn’t even reached the Super Bowl in 17 years, but he’s thrown for more touchdowns and yards than both Ben and Eli. He ranks fifth behind only Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Peyton Manning and Brett Favre in passing yards (63,440) and passing touchdowns (421).

“Every year, January 20th is a special and emotional day. It is St. Sebastian’s Feast day, the day I played in the AFC championship without an ACL, and now the day that after 17 seasons, I’m announcing my retirement from the National Football League. Thank you God for allowing me to live out my childhood dream of playing quarterback in the NFL.” — Philip Rivers

Rivers rides into the sunset expecting to coach high school football and spend more time with his wife and nine children.

Video: Philip Rivers’ Best Mic’d Up Trash Talk Moments

Additional Storylines
CBS SportsColts’ Top Post-Rivers QB Options
NFL: Top-10 Quarterbacks to Never Win a Super Bowl: Where Does Rivers Rank?

OTHER HIGHLIGHTS

🏒 NHL: Vegas Stays Undefeated
Alex Pietrangelo scored his first goal with the Golden Knights on Wednesday. Las Vegas stayed undefeated on the season (4-0-0) with a 5-2 win over the Coyotes. The Lightning (2-0-0) and Panthers (2-0-0) are the only other remaining unbeaten teams.

🏒  NHL: Toffoli Nets Hat-Trick
The Canadiens lost to the Canucks in a shootout (6-5), but Tyler Toffoli tallied the fourth hat-trick of his 10-year career on Wednesday night. Montreal now has two OT losses, but none in regulation.

🏀 NCAAM: Friars Stun #11 Creighton
A big upset in the Big East! The unranked Providence Friars knocked off 11th-ranked Creighton on Wednesday with a 29-point showing from senior Nate Watson.

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