Philip Rivers fully embraces L.A. Chargers

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Two years ago, there was plenty of speculation regarding whether Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers would embrace moving his ever-growing family from San Diego to Los Angeles. Now that the team is indeed leaving town, Rivers has made it clear that he has no qualms about playing in a new town.

Although, in an appearance on XTRA 1360 in San Diego, Rivers admitted to being “a little numb” and to having to “[hold] back tears a few times” during the interview, the 13-year veteran embraced his new place of business.

“I’m not gonna be there for 13 years but I’m gonna given ’em all I’ve got in the short time I have left,” Rivers said.

He said he will be “the same guy I’ve always been,” and that he hopes folks in San Diego will still look at him and say, “That’s our quarterback” in the same way his Alabama hometown still does.

He nevertheless admitted to being “excited” and “fired up” about playing in Los Angeles, even though it’s still not clear how excited or fired up L.A. is to have the Chargers.

90 responses to “Philip Rivers fully embraces L.A. Chargers

  1. Just a year ago, he didn’t want to go there. He’s saying all of this because it’s now his reality and he has to deal with it. I wouldn’t expect him to come out and say he is dreading it with millions of dollars on the table.

  2. He was the one guy I was waiting to get a comment from. I was really hoping he would have stuck to his original guns and said he wasn’t going to move and would rather retire. No reason for him to cave in like that. He missed a great opportunity to give Spanos the finger and called it a career.

  3. Rivers never was any good. Always overrated.

    Concur that he should retire before he gets hurt.

    Have fun breathing the smog in LA, Phillip.

    Enjoy the traffic, too.

  4. It’s because Philip is a great guy who’s honest and treats everyone with respect. Spanos could learn a thing or fifty from PR but obviously their years in close proximity hasn’t helped the latter. I think the most hilarious part in all this, with all of Spanos’s crocodile tears on how hard the decision was and how much he didn’t want to move to LA, he never once addressed the fans main question, the medias main question, everyone’s main question; if you love SD so much then why don’t you kick in the money to cover the shortfall? He has it, he could easily get it, but no, he was only willing to throw in 25% (350mil) of the total cost and not a penny more. Yet he wanted the city to pay 500 million. That is the definition of a greedy owner.

  5. Ending his career in a 30,000 seat stadium that will probably be half empty, unless the Raiders come. Sad.

  6. “Rivers never was any good. Always overrated.”

    You obviously don’t really KNOW anything about football. You only know your personal prejudices and that’s about the extent of it.

  7. He was the one guy I was waiting to get a comment from. I was really hoping he would have stuck to his original guns and said he wasn’t going to move and would rather retire. No reason for him to cave in like that. He missed a great opportunity to give Spanos the finger and called it a career.

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    He signed an extension like 2 years ago knowing very well he might wind up in LA.

  8. Does anyone expect him to say he hates the city, traffic, crowds, and fickle fans? And being a country boy I’m sure he does, but he has to find a way to feed his 8 children (from one wife no less, as opposed to most NBA players).

  9. Poor Phil doesn’t have much choice at this point. Always a classy guy, one of the best QB’s of his generation and sorely underrated, but that’s what happens when you’re stuck on a clown team.

  10. waynefontesismyfather says:
    Jan 13, 2017 1:19 PM

    He was the one guy I was waiting to get a comment from. I was really hoping he would have stuck to his original guns and said he wasn’t going to move and would rather retire. No reason for him to cave in like that.
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    He never said he was going to retire, and if that were ever on the table he just would not have signed the extension 2 years ago and moved on to another team. The guy has to pack up his huge family and move 2 hours away to a crazy crowded town. His life in LA won’t be nearly as nice as his life in San Diego. I don’t blame him for not being crazy about going, but he’s not stupid. He knows those checks make it feel better and he’s probably only got 3-4 years left before he can move wherever he wants with his $150M bank account.

  11. To a QB who is perpetually in third and long, down by three points, with 1:26 left in the game….this is easy compared to that every week!

  12. Actually the story is Rivers was supposed to go to PIT and Ben to the Giants. Eli to SD. Rivers would likely have had a ring by now. Eli catches a lot of hate for spurning San Diego, but looking back on it now can you really blame him?Its not like he was picky and choosy, he just didnt want to play for them.

  13. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    Jan 13, 2017 1:30 PM
    Eli would not go there he’s a man!
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    Eli was a selfish scumbag and he and the Giants should have been heavily penalized for their effectively 100% cheating the draft process.

  14. elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    Jan 13, 2017 1:31 PM

    That logo is an abomination

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    Last night I was wondering if the Chargers have an ‘out’ clause that they could use if they, at some point (even after a year in LA), wanted to go back to San Diego.

    It just seemed to me that logo was so amateurish that someone whipped it up so that they could announce moving to LA and were already starting to break the ties, in order to cause a fan uproar and hope that the city of SD would come back to the bargaining table offering more.

    but then, maybe it’s nothing more than just an amateur logo.

  15. nzaz says:

    Jan 13, 2017 1:40 PM
    “Rivers never was any good. Always overrated.”

    You obviously don’t really KNOW anything about football. You only know your personal prejudices and that’s about the extent of it.
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    No, Dude, it’s YOU who don’t know anything about football.

    What’s the guy ever won?

    When the game’s on the line, he throws an interception.

    He’s a hothead.

    And, he couldn’t carry Dan Fouts’ jockstrap.

  16. stipez says:
    Jan 13, 2017 1:33 PM

    They should’ve moved to Alabama. The Rivers clan would be bigger than Duck Dynasty.

    They should’ve moved to LOUISIANA. The Rivers clan would be bigger than Duck Dynasty.

    There, I fixed it

  17. rivers is overrated….the chargers had it all going for them 2005-2008…and couldnt get it done…they were spanked badly into irrelevancy by a real team at heinz field in the playoffs in 2009…..they have done nothing since, and this move will continue their plunge into mediocrity….

  18. You all make it seem as if he has to pack up his life and move. San Diego to Carson, CA is less than a two hour drive. 8 with traffic, and with all of the sprawl in between LA and San Diego, you can’t even tell where one city ends and the other begins.

    I’m sure wherever the Chargers set up their training facilities will be closer to San Diego, at least for the first few years, to make it easier for players and their families.

  19. Is there any language in Rivers’ contract preventing a trade? If not, then a high-profile trade could be just thing the “LA Chargers” need to rebrand away from Rivers. And you have to admit that as long as Rivers is QB, they’ll still be the same ol’ Chargers. Houston Texans need a quarterback. Maybe they can work something out.

  20. dontbugmeonsundays says:
    Jan 13, 2017 1:30 PM
    He was always good enough to win multiple superbowls. But too bad the chargers couldn’t find a way to put the right pieces in place around him to give him that opportunity.
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    You’re kidding right? He played with a HOF RB (tomlinson), HOF TE (Gates), HOF MLB (Seau) and a bunch of other really good players.

    Eli would have 4 rings if he had half the teams Rivers has had.

  21. Spanos should have moved to San Antonio or St. Louis.

    He could have gotten his own billion dollar stadium and been known as a hero in that city, as well as being well supported.

    Los Angeles is a great city, huge, and the people have a lot of money. However, the sports fan stereotype is true and the Chargers are going to sink so far that the MLS is going to be more popular in their city than they are.

    Spanos made a terrible mistake!

  22. Same guy he’s always been??? Choke away a ton of games Chargers might win? Pile up meaningless stats for teams that go nowhere? Never get close to the SB? Lose in the very few big games his teams have played in ? Never, ever get much blame for the team annually sucking? That Phillip Rivers ?

  23. I like Dan Fouts. He was a lot of fun to watch. But you’re wrong bondlake and the numbers bear that out. Dan Fouts was a first ballot HOF’r and in less time Philip Rivers numbers are slightly better. I’m not saying Rivers is first ballot, but you can’t really argue “it’s a passing league” either, when the offense he ran was “Air Coryell”.

  24. streetyson says:
    Jan 13, 2017 1:53 PM
    elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    Jan 13, 2017 1:30 PM
    Eli would not go there he’s a man!
    ——————————
    Eli was a selfish scumbag and he and the Giants should have been heavily penalized for their effectively 100% cheating the draft process.
    ====================

    Spot on – sheli is and always will be the bi*ch of the nfl –
    that said, the gnats were penalized when they paid a kings ransom of draft picks for a qb that isnt close to the quality of Rivers.

  25. He can take is interception throwing arse to LA. Quick poll…Who throws more picks in LA?
    Rivers or Goff

  26. Rivers, I will miss you, but the entire franchise is dead to me, so… I hope you go 0-16. Spanos will unceremoniously fire you at the first possible moment. Chargers will draft your replacement either this year or next and you will be benched shortly thereafter.

  27. You’re kidding right? He played with a HOF RB (tomlinson), HOF TE (Gates), HOF MLB (Seau) and a bunch of other really good players.

    Eli would have 4 rings if he had half the teams Rivers has had.

    When did Rivers play with Seau???

  28. granadafan says:
    Jan 13, 2017 5:26 PM
    We in LA have NOT embraced the Chargers.
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    YOU do not speak for the people of LA – only yourself!

    WE are excited about the move! – see how that works, i can pretend to represent LA too!

  29. jonwill57 says:
    Jan 13, 2017 4:16 PM
    He can take is interception throwing arse to LA. Quick poll…Who throws more picks in LA?
    Rivers or Goff
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    actually, sheli throws the most.

  30. electricnostalgia says:
    Jan 13, 2017 4:14 PM
    As much as I have hated playing you over the years… I would welcome you to the Broncos with open arms. You deserve better Phil!
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    Rivers would rather play for an incompetent owner than a dirty cheating POS team like the donkeys. He would rather have no trophies than tainted ones. nobody respects the orange hee haws.

  31. This guy has nothing to play for, he isn’t winning a championship with a team owned by Dean Spanos and he has more money than god.

    At this point I’d rather see him retire and stick it to Dean. Rivers career has been done for at least 2 years now, he’s past the point where a coach can control him and he’s too trigger happy for his own good.

    I’m no longer a Chargers fan, but I’ll always be a Rivers fan.

  32. yourunclerico says:

    electricnostalgia says:

    As much as I have hated playing you over the years… I would welcome you to the Broncos with open arms. You deserve better Phil!
    ==========
    Rivers would rather play for an incompetent owner than a dirty cheating POS team like the donkeys. He would rather have no trophies than tainted ones. nobody respects the orange hee haws.
    ============

    So Rivers personally told you that verbatim? Do you personally know Rivers?….. or… and I’m going out on a limb here (not really), you’re projecting your own hatred and assuming that a player you happen to like would feel the same as you.

    Yourunclerico is so insightful…… said no one ever

  33. When Rivers called out Denver’s qb, Cutler, on national TV and repeatedly called Cuts a baby (Cutler gave him a nice crotch grab response) I was ready to jump out of the stands and tear 17 apart. Stadium rage, 110 mph.

    Guess what, Rivers was right on Cutler. Rivers is extremely high wound, neurotic, highly competitive, good second tier qb. Sorry, not elite in my book but I wish he played on my team right now! I dig the guy.

    Avid Bronco Fan

  34. If Rivers would’ve ended up on the Giants he would be considered one of the greatest QBs to ever play the game. He’s the only thing that has kept the Chargers even remotely relevant since Tomlinson left.

  35. How do people act surprised by this move? It’s not like the Colts packing up the Mayflower trucks in the middle of the night and randomly disappearing, the Chargers leaving SD has been a very much talked about possibility for YEARS, the city rejected deal after deal, and after overwhelmingly voting down the last proposal then it was obvious they were gone.

    This should not have snuck up on anybody. Rivers knew when he re-signed a 4 year deal with the Chargers that 2 or 3 of those years probably wouldn’t be played in San Diego.

    So of course he “embraces” it. He fully considered that possibility before signing the contract.

    To all those people saying “i wish he retired and stuck it to Spanos”, give me a break. You act like this came out of nowhere. Rivers knew exactly what he was signing on for, if he were to pout about it now he’d look like a complete moron.

  36. I get the feeling the NFL wanted to be in LA much more than LA wanted the NFL.

    And now 2 teams in LA seems too many, especially with the constant moving in, moving out, threatening to leave, threatening to return stuff that cycles every 20 years or so.

  37. The Chargers are not as bad as people think. They were DESTROYED with injuries, starting with Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead. Yet they were in a most of their games. If they can remain healthy and upgrade the defense, the Chargers can make some noise in 2017.

  38. Relllaaaax. I heard that interview he wasn’t nearly as excited as this makes it seem. Listen to the podcast. He kept it corporate when asked about L.A. He has said for years he does not want to go there. Now that it’s reality he cannot make his employers angry. He has to say the right thing.

    Him getting choked up and coming to tears when talking about moving says it all.

    Go Rivers. That man deserves nothing but the best. I would draft him 10000 times over. Such a perfect QB attitude. I wish him the best.

  39. Los Angeles fans have a choice to support the Horns or the Bolts. Rams or Chargers. Los Angeles fans are really pumped up and are celebrating having two great teams to root for.

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