The face of a franchise that will be set for one of the more fascinating experiments in modern NFL history, Philip Rivers is entering his 14th season. But the Los Angeles Chargers quarterback is not planning to stop playing for a while.
Instead, he wants to play until the Chargers move into their state-of-the-art stadium. Rivers said during an interview with the NFL Network’s Rich Eisen he would like to play until at least the 2020 season.
“I hope to still be playing football in 2020, and certainly I hope I’m still playing here,” Rivers said, via Eric Williams of ESPN.com. “So yeah, I hope to get to see that stadium then. That’s a long way out. I’ve learned to just take them one year at a time and one game at a time at this point. I’m certainly thankful I’ve been able to be out there for all of them since 2006.
“I don’t take that for granted. And hopefully I’m still playing well enough and we’ve won enough football games that I will be able to trot out there in 2020 in that new stadium.”
Rivers will turn 36 in November and is only signed through the 2019 season. The former No. 4 overall New York Giants draft pick will begin his 12th season as the Bolts’ starting quarterback. However, he will now do so for a team set to play in a 30,000-seat temporary venue. As of now, the StubHub Center stands to be the Chargers’ home stadium for the next three years. It would seem a rather anonymous way for Rivers to end his career, but receiving another Chargers contract would require him to stay at or around this level of play by the time he’s in his late 30s.
Rivers’ completion percentage decreased significantly last season, and he threw a career-worst 21 interceptions. But he also connected on 33 touchdown passes — the second-most in his career. However, Rivers has not missed a game since taking over the reins in 2006. And despite the Chargers hiring a new head coach, the quarterback didn’t have to learn a new system this offseason since the team retained offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.