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Philip Rivers takes a pass on Pro Bowl invite

Philip Rivers, Derek Carr AP

Well, this helps explain Tyrod Taylor being a Pro Bowler a little bit better.

According to Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers passed on a chance to play in the all-star game this weekend.

Rivers, who was the fourth alternate, cited personal reasons for taking the game off, after he missed it for injury last season.

He and his wife just had an eighth child in October, and since they can’t be quite sure where they’re going to be living this fall, the overseas trip lost a bit of its charm.

Of the six quarterbacks initially picked for the game, Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger and Cam Newton are already out, with Derek Carr, Eli Manning and Tyrod Taylor replacing them.

And until they show up in Honolulu, we’ll wait to see if Tom Brady, Russell Wilson and Carson Palmer follow through. There’s still time for Charlie Whitehurst to earn the nod he so richly deserves.

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34 Responses to “Philip Rivers takes a pass on Pro Bowl invite”
  1. floratiotime says: Jan 25, 2016 2:47 PM

    Eight kids huh.

  2. fatediesel says: Jan 25, 2016 2:47 PM

    No way Brady is playing. It’s been a decade since he played in a Pro Bowl and there’s no way he’s playing this year after the beating he took yesterday.

  3. shaggytoodle says: Jan 25, 2016 2:48 PM

    The Pro Bowl has always been a joke and while moving it to before the SB helps fill the gap a little better and is a good way to try out rules or computer systems.

    Tyrod Taylor is a Pro Bowl QB who is next Theodore Bridgewater?

  4. 13arod says: Jan 25, 2016 2:50 PM

    They couldn’t have done Brees Matt Ryan bortles or bridgewater wtf..

  5. toddm1016 says: Jan 25, 2016 2:50 PM

    Hawaii is considered overseas?

  6. floratiotime says: Jan 25, 2016 2:52 PM

    Don’t knock Tyrod … the crazy Bills fans get all upset. Play along and pretend he’s a top QB.

  7. mackcarrington says: Jan 25, 2016 2:55 PM

    Hawaii is considered overseas?
    You can’t take a train or drive there so, yes, getting there you do fly over water.

  8. arcross12042004scorp15 says: Jan 25, 2016 2:55 PM

    Check QB ratings, Tyrod was next man up.

  9. radrntn says: Jan 25, 2016 2:55 PM

    its a game for the youngers guy in the NFL, who all all still on their rookeies deal, and want to go party in Hawaii.

    No way do the guys who already got the big buck contracts go.

  10. britishraven says: Jan 25, 2016 2:55 PM

    Pointless game

  11. steelerben says: Jan 25, 2016 2:55 PM

    Whitehurst is a bit of a joke, but Hasselback getting a nod for the yeoman’s work he put in for the Colts this season isn’t all that outlandish considering how low the qualifications have dropped.

  12. jbaxt says: Jan 25, 2016 2:56 PM

    Rivers is a top 10 QB stuck in a bottom 5 franchise. Poor guy knows playing with all that talent will only ruin the reality of his team/ownership.

  13. pamperpro says: Jan 25, 2016 3:05 PM

    He won’t be attending because he’s busy helping spanos and the sparklers move their empty trophy cases to LA.

  14. mmack66 says: Jan 25, 2016 3:12 PM

    Russell will probably be there again with his teammates, cliff-side, trying to figure out what went wrong this season.

  15. jimmyjamm03 says: Jan 25, 2016 3:32 PM

    “Well, this helps explain Tyrod Taylor being a Pro Bowler a little bit better.”

    Yes, that and the fact that Tyrod was a better all around QB than (Cry me a) Rivers was in 2015…

  16. filthymcnasty3 says: Jan 25, 2016 3:36 PM

    If just 21 more QB’s pass, Bridgewater might get his shot.

  17. Jax4 says: Jan 25, 2016 3:36 PM

    Eight kids?…..hello Antonio Cromartie

  18. shaggytoodle says: Jan 25, 2016 3:40 PM

    13arod says:
    Jan 25, 2016 2:50 PM
    They couldn’t have done Brees Matt Ryan bortles or bridgewater wtf..

    They usually try to replace players within the same conference, so in think that’s why they didn’t go Brees or Ryan.

    The NFL also has to be embarassed gojng through the top of 5 QBS in each conference and getting denied so we probably won’t be hearing about those invites that are declined.

  19. rjc32586 says: Jan 25, 2016 3:53 PM

    If I had eight kids, I’d take any vacation I could get.

    “But honey, it’s a business trip. I have to do it.”

  20. alphadux2u says: Jan 25, 2016 3:58 PM

    Who even watches the Pro Bowl anymore? I think last time I watched it, Jerry Rice and Barry Sanders were still playing ball. You know, back when football was football.

  21. tajuara says: Jan 25, 2016 3:58 PM

    Charlie Whitehurst beat the Dolphins, something that Tom Brady could not do.

  22. joetoronto says: Jan 25, 2016 4:08 PM

    Tyrod Taylor is in the Pro bowl. Tyrod Taylor, LOL!

  23. granadafan says: Jan 25, 2016 4:10 PM

    Johnny Manziel is up next.

  24. buffalowned says: Jan 25, 2016 4:13 PM

    I’m sick of seeing articles and comments dismissing Tyrod as a pro bowler. Check the stats…7th in the league in passer rating, 7th in qbr, 7th in TD/Int ratio, 550 rushing yards and an 8-6 record. Should he have been in the top 6? No but he sure as hell deserved to be an alternate and history has shown there are usually at least 4 qb replacements. So if you want to call T2 the 10th best qb in 15-16, that’s fine but he deserves to be in the pro bowl.

  25. snowlock2013 says: Jan 25, 2016 4:15 PM

    The Meh Bowl.

  26. *Legion* says: Jan 25, 2016 4:49 PM

    Tyrod Taylor a replacement ahead of Blake Bortles? Pure nonsense, even if Taylor was much better this year than anyone could have expected.

  27. Stiller43 says: Jan 25, 2016 5:02 PM

    Jan 25, 2016, 2:50 PM EST
    Hawaii is considered overseas?”

    Not sure if you’ve ever seen a map, but you do cross an ocean to get there.

    So. Yeah…

  28. sdnative1904 says: Jan 25, 2016 5:13 PM

    Haven’t watched the pro bowl since Reagan was president.

  29. mediasloppy says: Jan 25, 2016 5:27 PM

    It’s kind of insulting people go out of their way to vote for these guys to represent the best of the NFL and they seem to careless.

  30. flipsbolts55 says: Jan 25, 2016 5:33 PM

    C’mon Jax4, yes Phillip has eight children, all with his WIFE. Comparing Rivers to Crow with what going on 12 kids with 10 different baby mama’s is ridiculous. Pretty ignorant statement by you just to be heard!!

  31. billharford31 says: Jan 25, 2016 6:25 PM

    Wrap it up Phil!

  32. raiderapologist says: Jan 25, 2016 10:11 PM

    This is the first time in a long time that Marcel Reece isn’t the only (suspended) Raider Pro Bowler, but I’m still not going to watch it.

  33. Josh McSwain says: Jan 26, 2016 3:43 AM

    So if Rivers was the fourth alternate, why does the article imply he was the third one contacted (after Carr and Eli)?

  34. thebarron2014 says: Jan 26, 2016 1:42 PM

    This game is a total waste of time for all involved, especially the fans. If they really want to do something for the players, then give them all an all expenses paid family trip to Wally World.

    When will the NFL finally “get it” and dump this ho-hum event?

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