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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.

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  1. buttfumbles says: Jan 13, 2017 1:09 PM

    Well he’s got eight kids to feed…damn that’s a lot of kids.

  2. SouthStander says: Jan 13, 2017 1:09 PM

    LA deserves TWO bad football teams.

  3. TheodoreBabyHandsBustAqua says: Jan 13, 2017 1:14 PM

    I was hoping Rivers would demand a trade or retire instead of moving where Spanos’ ego told him where to go. I like Rivers, I hate that he plays for Spanos. He deserves better!!

  4. learysdisciples says: Jan 13, 2017 1:15 PM

    Trade him while he still has gas in the tank.

  5. purplekoolaid1 says: Jan 13, 2017 1:15 PM

    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.

  6. tripledipper says: Jan 13, 2017 1:16 PM

    Well, good for him. If there was ever a time to be a leader its now.

  7. THX 138 says: Jan 13, 2017 1:16 PM

    Too bad he had to play his whole career for a schmuck.

  8. jobotjones says: Jan 13, 2017 1:17 PM

    Like he has a choice…they will be drafting his replacement soon!

  9. adrianbeatason says: Jan 13, 2017 1:19 PM

    He has no choice.

  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. He missed a great opportunity to give Spanos the finger and called it a career.

  11. pioniere says: Jan 13, 2017 1:27 PM

    I wish he would retire.

  12. 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.

  13. elmerbrownelmerbrown says: Jan 13, 2017 1:30 PM

    Eli would not go there he’s a man !

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

    That logo is an abomination

  15. mikebyrne1502 says: Jan 13, 2017 1:32 PM

    Something like that. Embraces what time he has left and is going to give LA all he has left.

  16. bondlake says: Jan 13, 2017 1:32 PM

    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.

  17. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Jan 13, 2017 1:32 PM

    Translation: my counselor told me that in order to maintain my current lifestyle and my huge family, I need to keep playing

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

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

  19. nzaz says: Jan 13, 2017 1:35 PM

    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.

  20. unbiased8383 says: Jan 13, 2017 1:36 PM

    Should’ve moved to Portland. Great fan base and a beautiful city

  21. abninf says: Jan 13, 2017 1:38 PM

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

  22. 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.

  23. savethebs says: Jan 13, 2017 1:40 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. He missed a great opportunity to give Spanos the finger and called it a career.

    —————————–

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

  24. blkandgld4eva says: Jan 13, 2017 1:41 PM

    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).

  25. torchsandaardvarks says: Jan 13, 2017 1:43 PM

    What was he supposed to say? “I hate my new city.”

  26. revelation123 says: Jan 13, 2017 1:43 PM

    He’s not going to be moving that far.

  27. greenmtnboy31 says: Jan 13, 2017 1:46 PM

    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.

  28. jm91rs says: Jan 13, 2017 1:46 PM

    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.
    _____________________________

    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.

  29. nflhof says: Jan 13, 2017 1:48 PM

    I hate the NFL. Its demise has begun

  30. jdrewsy says: Jan 13, 2017 1:48 PM

    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!

  31. edelmanfanclub says: Jan 13, 2017 1:49 PM

    Even if Rivers somehow defied the odds and won a SB for the “LA” Chargers. He’ll always be San Diego QB.

  32. stevejjones says: Jan 13, 2017 1:50 PM

    Sean McVay will be wearing a battery powered beanie propeller.

  33. edelmanfanclub says: Jan 13, 2017 1:51 PM

    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.

  34. socalseahawker says: Jan 13, 2017 1:52 PM

    If he would stick to his guns and retire he would be royalty in San Diego for the rest of his life and probably get a freeway named after him.

  35. 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.

  36. gonakgod says: Jan 13, 2017 1:54 PM

    lol like he has a choice…

  37. 345snarkavenue says: Jan 13, 2017 1:55 PM

    elmerbrownelmerbrown says:
    Jan 13, 2017 1:31 PM

    That logo is an abomination

    ———

    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.

  38. davetrembley says: Jan 13, 2017 1:58 PM

    Phil Rivers, Yes man, towing the party line.

  39. bengal4life says: Jan 13, 2017 2:01 PM

    I thought he said he’d retire before moving to L.A.?

  40. skins99 says: Jan 13, 2017 2:02 PM

    He is going to give them all the interceptions he has in his short time left

  41. mostepicgnar says: Jan 13, 2017 2:05 PM

    While he does have several kids they are all by the same woman…

  42. jags2daship says: Jan 13, 2017 2:14 PM

    He kind of has to, either way I wish he was my QB

  43. bondlake says: Jan 13, 2017 2:15 PM

    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.
    ———————————————————————
    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.

  44. winningisabrees says: Jan 13, 2017 2:19 PM

    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

  45. bzingha says: Jan 13, 2017 2:20 PM

    Trade him to the Rams 🙂

  46. Robert says: Jan 13, 2017 2:31 PM

    StubHub wont sell out unless the Vaiders are in town.

  47. ftomasic1961 says: Jan 13, 2017 2:34 PM

    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….

  48. mikejune says: Jan 13, 2017 2:39 PM

    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.

  49. Emmanuel Goldstein says: Jan 13, 2017 2:49 PM

    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.

  50. spotsdad says: Jan 13, 2017 3:04 PM

    What about the children? Ohh The Humanity!

  51. justintuckrule says: Jan 13, 2017 3:12 PM

    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.
    —–
    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.

  52. alonestartexan says: Jan 13, 2017 3:15 PM

    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!

  53. titimium says: Jan 13, 2017 3:52 PM

    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 ?

  54. coloradofort says: Jan 13, 2017 3:53 PM

    Whats he supposed to say?

    Pay me my millions and by the way ownership is clueless – P Rivers

  55. gofor2with3pointlead says: Jan 13, 2017 3:54 PM

    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”.

  56. leatherface2012 says: Jan 13, 2017 3:55 PM

    his wife is pretty nice looking. but after 8 kids, bet her downstairs is a train wreck

  57. jdubkc says: Jan 13, 2017 3:57 PM

    The LA Seaman… I mean Rams, DOH Chargers sorry…. The LA Dodgers are the… Oh never mind.

  58. ihavepriors says: Jan 13, 2017 4:02 PM

    San Diego owes Eli an apology.

  59. rcali says: Jan 13, 2017 4:08 PM

    Wait till he sees the LA US citizens tax kick in on his pay checks.

  60. yourunclerico says: Jan 13, 2017 4:14 PM

    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.

  61. 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!

  62. 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

  63. dasmol says: Jan 13, 2017 4:20 PM

    A True Gamer. Never understood the hate for him, other than just an extension of the general hate for Southern Calif.

  64. natelan says: Jan 13, 2017 4:24 PM

    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.

  65. ihavepriors says: Jan 13, 2017 4:25 PM

    New Name:

    The LA Volta Boys

    Gotta conquer that gay Raider/Hispanic market. Am I lying?

  66. jjfootball says: Jan 13, 2017 4:54 PM

    HE WILL BE FORCED TO RETIRE IN THE NEAR FUTURE ANYWAY !

  67. jjfootball says: Jan 13, 2017 4:55 PM

    CRY ME A RIVERS

  68. jjfootball says: Jan 13, 2017 5:02 PM

    Phillip Rivers is a good QB, but he is the biggest whiner, and baby to ever play the position!

  69. granadafan says: Jan 13, 2017 5:26 PM

    We in LA have NOT embraced the Chargers.

  70. cowboysmb3dw28 says: Jan 13, 2017 5:32 PM

    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???

  71. yourunclerico says: Jan 13, 2017 5:43 PM

    ihavepriors says:
    Jan 13, 2017 4:02 PM
    San Diego owes Eli an apology.
    =========
    sheli owes the NFL and the fans an apology.

  72. yourunclerico says: Jan 13, 2017 5:44 PM

    granadafan says:
    Jan 13, 2017 5:26 PM
    We in LA have NOT embraced the Chargers.
    ============

    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!

  73. yourunclerico says: Jan 13, 2017 5:46 PM

    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
    =========
    actually, sheli throws the most.

  74. yourunclerico says: Jan 13, 2017 5:48 PM

    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!
    ==========
    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.

  75. chargerdillon says: Jan 13, 2017 5:49 PM

    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.

  76. aqibhasmorepick6sthantylaw says: Jan 13, 2017 6:13 PM

    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

  77. ihavepriors says: Jan 13, 2017 6:39 PM

    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

  78. kissmysandwich says: Jan 13, 2017 6:46 PM

    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.

  79. halfcentaur says: Jan 13, 2017 7:32 PM

    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.

  80. leatherface2012 says: Jan 13, 2017 7:39 PM

    i hate that amazon commercial with the priest and the muslim cleric. first time i saw it, i said “oh great, a pedo-fyle” and an ied maker”

  81. mongo3401 says: Jan 13, 2017 7:54 PM

    I call BS. Rivers will never play a down in LA. Bet it

  82. backuppunter says: Jan 13, 2017 10:22 PM

    LA Billy Goats

  83. bartpkelly says: Jan 13, 2017 10:41 PM

    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.

  84. mdintino1420 says: Jan 13, 2017 10:54 PM

    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.

  85. fanofthegame77 says: Jan 14, 2017 12:40 AM

    Dear LA,

    We can’t give you quality so we are giving you quantity, no you can have 10 wins in the NFL.

    Best Regards;

    NFL

  86. sariff420 says: Jan 14, 2017 12:48 AM

    He doesn’t have to move though. Its not like LA is that far from San Diego. He could still live in san diego and work in LA.

  87. BED MAN OKC says: Jan 14, 2017 1:37 AM

    Sorry Phil. But you’re out. Good luck.

  88. sdb0ltz says: Jan 14, 2017 6:20 AM

    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.

  89. sdb0ltz says: Jan 14, 2017 6:40 AM

    Rivers is so “fired up” about moving he got choked up when talking about moving up there… yeah…

  90. mdintino1420 says: Jan 16, 2017 10:37 PM

    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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