After 17 years in the NFL, Philip Rivers decided to hang up his cleats last week. However, we're still hearing about some pretty awesome stories related to Rivers' time with the Indianapolis Colts.
Indy head coach Frank Reich detailed Rivers' athleticism and competitiveness in a story by NBC Sports. His talents stretched beyond the football field and onto the basketball court.
"A bunch of us were talking free-throw shooting. Philip said, 'I'm over 90 percent.' We're all like, 'No way.' So we made a wager: shoot 100 free throws, and he had to make at least 80," Reich said. "He went out there on the hoop we had at camp, and he made 97. We were blown away. But that wasn't enough. He figured, 'I'll show you.' Those guys went out there 10 straight days to shoot free throws, 100 a day. And he made, like, 946 out of 1,000. He didn't even have to do that—he already won the bet. But that's Philip."
Reich coached Rivers during the 2020 campaign and spent three seasons with him as quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator with the Chargers.
Rivers' competitiveness was on display every time he took the football field. The 39-year-old went 134-106 in his NFL career, completing 64.9% of his passes for 63,440 yards and 421 touchdowns. He is an eight-time Pro Bowler and won the 2013 Comeback Player of the Year award.
Now that his historic career is over, Rivers will bring that same competitive mindset to high school football. He agreed to become head coach at St. Michael Catholic High School in Alabama. He was an all-state quarterback for his father Steve Rivers at Athens High School in Alabama before playing at N.C. State and moving on to the NFL.