Rivers was born on December 8, 1981 in Decatur, AL and played football for his father at Athens High School in Athens, AL. He started for Athens as a freshman and played under center in every game for the school during his four-year career. After establishing himself as one of the finest quarterback prospects in the state of Alabama, he spurned offers from Auburn University and the University of Alabama and graduated a semester early to attend North Carolina State University.
North Carolina State University
Rivers joined the Wolfpack for spring practice in 2000, and he won the starting job as a true freshman entering the 2000 regular season. He led North Carolina State to an 8-4 record and a bowl win, eventually earning honors as Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the Year. After throwing for over 4,400 yards as a senior in 2003, he was named the ACC Player of the Year, but he did not get invited to the Heisman Trophy presentation. He shattered NCAA and school records during his tenure, starting a record 51 consecutive contests, throwing for 13,484 passing yards, and tossing 95 career touchdowns.
San Diego Chargers
The San Diego Chargers initially planned to draft Eli Manning, but when he refused to sign with the team, they traded Manning’s draft rights to the New York Giants in exchange for Rivers and several future draft choices. Rivers signed a six-year, $40.5 million deal with San Diego, but only played in two games behind star quarterback Drew Brees as a rookie. He finally became the full-time starter prior to the start of the 2006 season when Brees struck a deal with the New Orleans Saints. He led San Diego to a 14 win regular season, but the team lost in the divisional round to the New England Patriots.
Rivers ended up leading the league with 34 touchdown passes in 2008 and led the league with 4,710 passing yards during a 2010 Pro Bowl campaign. He has six 400-plus yard passing games in his career, which ties Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts for the franchise record. He also holds Chargers franchise records with eight seasons of more than 3,000 yards passing and six consecutive seasons with more than 25 touchdown passes.
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