I was a late bloomer into the world of football. I became a Chargers fan following the 2006 season when the team went 14-2 and LaDainian Tomlinson ran away with that year’s MVP honor, This wasn’t a bandwagon thing, however. In fact, I didn’t even know what that word meant. All I knew was that the jerseys were amazing, LT looked so dang cool with that blacked-out visor, and I had yet to choose my favorite football team. It was all history after that.
My first real memories of the Chargers that have solidified in my head were around the 2008 season. Most notably, I remember the games between Rivers and Denver quarterback Jay Cutler where the two would just run their mouths the entire time. They wouldn’t the other hear the end of it. Each pass needed to have the last word no matter what. It was such a classical moment to me. It exemplified the fiery spirit of Rivers, one we’d all come to cherish throughout the rest of his career, and it obviously helped solidify my own fandom and passion for the team.
With Ol’ Man Rivers officially done in the NFL, of course we have to discuss our favorites moments from his career in San Diego and L.A., so please feel free to reminisce and get nostalgic in the comments below. I’ll be looking forward to reading about all of your memories.
And now for today’s links.
Top-10 moments for Philip Rivers (Chargers.com)
Chris Hayre is joined by Peter Schrager and Sam Acho on the latest episode of Chargers Weekly (Chargers.com)
Twitter reacts to the retirement of Philip Rivers (Chargers Wire)
Four free agents that will not be back with the Chargers (Bolt Beat)
Predicting the 14 teams in next year’s NFL playoffs (ESPN+)
Patrick Mahomes is practicing but still in concussion protocol (ESPN)
Top ten quarterbacks to never win a Super Bowl (NFL.com)
Wednesday’s injury report for the remaining four teams in the playoffs (NFL.com)
Trent Baalke was hired to bw the Jaguars’ general manager (Pro Football Talk)
Top five options at QB for the Colts (CBS Sports)