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Philip Rivers’ brother trying for NFL career of his own

Northwestern State quarterback Stephen Rivers runs drills during a regional NFL football combine, Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz.  (AP Photo/Matt York) AP

The NFL held one of its regional scouting combines in Arizona over the weekend and one of the quarterbacks taking part has the journeyman resume that puts you in that environment rather than the main event in Indianapolis this week.

Stephen Rivers started his career at LSU, but barely played with Zach Mettenberger in the starting lineup and a transfer to Vanderbilt didn’t lead to a major uptick in his career prospects. Rivers transferred again to Northwestern State and was in and out of the starting lineup during the 2015 season.

That’s not the kind of resume that usually leads to long looks at the NFL level, although Rivers can point to his familial lineage as a reason why he’s been able to garner more attention than others with the same on-field history. He’s the younger brother of Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, who Stephen accurately points out had a career that “went one way and mine went another.”

Big brother is also playing an advisory role as the younger Rivers tries to navigate his way to a late-round selection or contract as an undrafted free agent. Philip has been “a huge help from day one” and some of his confidence might be rubbing off on Stephen.

“I think I’ll be a steal,” Stephen Rivers said, via NFL.com.

There’s a pro day on March 15 and Rivers is working out with George Whitfield in California — as are Connor Cook and Cardale Jones — in an attempt to make his best effort at making the unlikely trip to an NFL roster this spring.

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17 Responses to “Philip Rivers’ brother trying for NFL career of his own”
  1. mostofmycommentsgetdeleted says: Feb 22, 2016 8:16 AM

    yeah, that’s not going to happen

  2. irishdodger says: Feb 22, 2016 8:41 AM

    Ozzie Canseco

  3. yyc2phx says: Feb 22, 2016 9:10 AM

    Not from what others witnessed… He was one of the top 4 QBs but did nothing to stand out other than size and name

  4. joetoronto says: Feb 22, 2016 9:36 AM

    Well, it’s not like his brother has ever won anything to speak of.

  5. whyamiacowboysfanagain says: Feb 22, 2016 10:12 AM

    Didn’t play at LSU, or Vanderbilt and barely played at Northwestern State. “I think I’ll be a steal,” Stephen Rivers said, via NFL.com……. HAHA!

  6. therealraider says: Feb 22, 2016 10:21 AM

    Seth Curry

  7. shackdelrio says: Feb 22, 2016 10:49 AM

    A poor man’s Jordan Rodgers

  8. granadafan says: Feb 22, 2016 11:02 AM

    This ought to be good.

  9. footstepsfalco says: Feb 22, 2016 11:34 AM

    ” shackdelrio says:
    Feb 22, 2016 10:49 AM
    A poor man’s Jordan Rodgers ”

    & a poor man’s Jordan Palmer

  10. odomfel says: Feb 22, 2016 11:36 AM

    Never knock a fellas effort and heart. Maybe he only gets a practice squad spot. or third string at best. But it is a place on a team. it’s a start. It’s all you can ever ask for. It might lead to other things in the league not on the field too.

  11. badmoonrison says: Feb 22, 2016 11:43 AM

    The Roger Clinton of QB prospects.

  12. pooflingingmonkey says: Feb 22, 2016 11:45 AM

    He’ll be great, I just know it!

    Regards,

    Dave Favre

  13. reverend5150 says: Feb 22, 2016 11:53 AM

    11 years younger than his brother….another “whoops” trying to make a name for himself.

  14. rickochey says: Feb 22, 2016 1:20 PM

    Lets not forget that Brady was a backup his entire Michigan career.

  15. cybersqueak says: Feb 22, 2016 2:16 PM

    rickochey says:
    Feb 22, 2016 1:20 PM

    Lets not forget that Brady was a backup his entire Michigan career.
    —————————-

    But Brady didn’t have to transfer every year because he wasn’t good enough to hold onto a backup spot.

    3rd string in college doesn’t usually get you a lot of NFL looks.

  16. yaryers says: Feb 23, 2016 1:39 PM

    Tom Brady actually started every game his last two years at Michigan, was All Big Ten Honorable Mention twice, and was captain his senior year.

    It’s a nice narrative, though, to say he was a backup his entire college career. It’s just a lie.

  17. joshgordonsbong says: Feb 26, 2016 8:05 PM

    had to laugh at the ozzie canseco comment…was at a celebrity sports dinner last night and jose was asked about ped’s and had the best reply…him nd ozzie had the same diet did the same supplements and same ped’s…ozzie never made it cause he didn’t have any skill……..side note rodney harrison was supposed to be there and played the personal event card not to show…

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