Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 12/6/12

SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 20: Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers throws a pass against the Cincinnati Bengals on December 20, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Ever since he was drafted in 2004, San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has always had great expectations placed on him and made headlines.Rivers was selected No 4 overall in the 2004 Draft by the New York Giants only to be traded to the Chargers for No 1 overall pick Eli Manning.Manning was clearly not happy being drafted by the Chargers, and pretty much forced the Chargers to trade him.This was the first Draft since 1983 when John Elway made the Colts to trade him that a top pick really controlled where he was going to play.The trade has worked out great for the Giants and Manning now with two Super Bowl rings.Things have not been so good for Rivers and the Chargers. After sitting on the bench his first two seasons behind Drew Brees, Rivers became the regular starter in 2006 after Brees split for New Orleans.Rivers managed to find instant success in the regular season after becoming a starter taking the Chargers to the playoffs his first four seasons from 2006-2009. It's w...
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