Philip Rivers on Wednesday announced his retirement following a 17-season NFL career that almost certainly will land him in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
First reported by Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune, Rivers’ retirement was confirmed by the quarterback himself in a statement originally shared by Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Philip Rivers’ statement to ESPN is dadgum tremendous: pic.twitter.com/30KaEFGy0X— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 20, 2021
The fact that Rivers peppered his retirement statement with country-fried words like “dadgummit” and “y’all” really speaks to the quirky, down-home personality the 39-year-old cultivated during his career.
Once word spread throughout the NFL world that Rivers was hanging up his cleats for good, well-wishes and remembrances began to flood social media. Among those sharing a fond memory or two about their interactions with Rivers both on and off the field was Houston Texans star J.J. Watt.
heckuva*— JJ Watt (@JJWatt) January 20, 2021
The best part of Watt’s social media dispatch is how he amended his original tweet to change “hell of a” to “heckuva,” which without question was a nod to Rivers’ aversion to cussing despite being known as one of the most notorious trash talkers in the NFL.
Highlights of Rivers’ relentless — but G-rated — smack talk quickly began to surface on Twitter once his retirement was made official as well.
While Rivers’ first post-retirement stop will involve him fulfilling his dream of serving as a high school football coach in his native Alabama, which has long been known, odds are the fiery competitor will make a trip to Canton, Ohio, in a few years for his enshrinement.