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Philip Rivers

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Professional football player Philip Rivers was born to be a quarterback. The Alabama native has had his sights set on the National Football League since he was a young boy and in 2004 he achieved his goal as a first round draft pick. That year, he made his NFL debut playing for the San Diego Chargers. Rivers was one of the four talented quarterbacks drafted in the first round of the 2004 NFL Draft along with Eli Manning, J.P. Losman, and Ben Rothlisberger. Philip Rivers, Eli Manning, and Ben Rothlisberger are frequently compared to Hall of Famers John Elway, Dan Marino, and Jim Kelly who make up the Quarterback class of 1983.

Going in to the 2004 season, Philip was third string quarterback behind second QB option Doug Flutie and starting quarterback Drew Brees. That season turned out to be one of Brees’ best ever as he won the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award and would go on to play in the NFL Pro Bowl. It wasn’t until Drew Brees was injured in the final game of the 2005 season that Philip got his shot at starting quarterback. Since then, Rivers has gone on to play in the NFL Pro Bowl five times and has received such accolades as NFL Passing TDs Leader in 2008, NFL Alumni Quarterback of the Year in 2010, and NFL Passing Yards Leader in 2010.

Prior to his professional career, sports speaker Philip Rivers went to North Carolina State University where he played starting quarterback for the NC State Wolfpack under former head coach Chuck Amato. During his collegiate career, Rivers led his team to four bowl games; three of them Tangerine Bowls the fourth was the Gator Bowl in which they defeated Notre Dame on New Year’s Day in 2003. He broke just about all of the records in NC State’s record book, was named ACC Rookie of the Year in 2000, ACC Athlete of the Year in 2004, and held the second best passing record among Division 1-A quarterbacks in history.