Philip Rivers to coach Alabama high school team after NFL retirement
- While he is not exactly sure when he will retire, Philip Rivers is certain what his next job will be when his NFL days come to an end.
Philip Rivers is not quite done playing yet, but the longtime NFL quarterback does have a job lined up for when he decides to hang up his cleats.
St. Michael Catholic High School announced on Friday that Rivers will become its head football coach following his retirement from the NFL.
The decision to coach the school in Fairhope, Alabama, is a natural career move for Rivers, who signed with the Indianapolis Colts in March after spending his first 16 NFL seasons with the Chargers.
His father, Steve, was a successful high school coach in Alabama for 25 years and mentored his son during the younger Rivers' days as a star quarterback for Decatur High School.
"It's a special day for me and my family," said Rivers at a press conference announcing his hiring.
"I had two childhood dreams. One is to play in the NFL, and now I'm going into my 17th season. The other was to be a high school football coach as my dad was. How blessed am I to be able to live those out?"
Rivers, an eight-time Pro Bowler whose 59,271 passing yards and 397 passing touchdowns both rank sixth in NFL history, had contemplated retirement before agreeing to a one-year, $25 million deal with the Colts.
The 38-year-old is yet to make a firm decision on his plans beyond this season and has not ruled out extending his playing career beyond 2020.
"I think it is a one-year-at-a-time deal," he said. "I've expressed publicly and the Colts have too they hope it's more than one year. But we take it one year at a time.
"I love playing. When that time does end, you will get the same passion and work ethic at this school and community that I've poured into my career."