Now it seems more likely that retired NFL quarterback Philip Rivers will continue as a high school football coach rather than return as a center.
On Monday, NFL Network radio host and commentator Rich Eisen compiled a list of the top five rumors he heard from multiple sources at the league’s scouting combine.
One of the items on Eisen’s list suggested that Rivers contacted at least two teams before the playoffs began to see if his services could be useful.
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«We all know two teams that needed a quarterback at the end of the season,» Eisen said. «The third starting starters and they had a chance to go to the playoffs and maybe make a deep playoff run, meaning the Miami Dolphins and of course the San Francisco 49ers. I heard at the combine that Philip Rivers contacted both of whom returned at the end of last year».
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Rivers is the head coach at St. Michael Catholic in Fairhope, Alabama. On Tuesday he clarified the conversations he had with the teams.
«I heard from a couple of teams that were just signing up,» he said. «I didn’t contact anybody, and I’m not going anywhere. I think maybe some teams, with some guys down, may have been looking for a contingency plan, but nothing came of it.»
He also said he did not speak to the Dolphins. Rivers spent 17 seasons with the Charges and his last season in the league with the Colts.
He said his days of playing professional soccer are probably over.
«I think, in my mind, in the last couple of years, if a team needed me, I would have had six or eight games left, but I’m not going into this fall thinking that,» Rivers said. . «I think it’s done now.»
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At the time of his retirement, Rivers ranked fifth in completions, passing yards, and touchdown passes in NFL history. He was named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 2013.
Rivers has coached at St. Michael for two seasons and has compiled an 11-8 record.
«It’s still going in the right direction,» Rivers said of the St. Michael program. «It doesn’t happen overnight. You keep working on it. The students are working. The coaches are working.»
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Rivers played in 244 NFL regular season games and was named to eight Pro Bowls.