Philip Rivers is the starting quarterback for the San Diego Chargers. He was drafted by the New York Giants with the fourth overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft. However, Eli Manning stated that he would not sign with the San Diego Chargers if drafted by them and insisted that he be traded to another team after the draft, and the Giants draft-day trade sent Rivers , and first, third, and fifth-round picks, to the Chargers and Eli Manning to the Giants.
2004 In August 2004, Rivers signed a six-year, $40.5 million contract with the San Diego Chargers that included $14.5 million in signing bonuses. 2005 Rivers was promoted to the #2 on the quarterback depth chart after the Chargers released Doug Flutie.
On September 11, 2006, Rivers made his NFL start against the Oakland Raiders. Rivers managed the game well despite only passing 11 times, but completed 8 passes as well as one TD in a 27-0 rout of the Raiders. After his first game, Rivers led the NFL in QB rating with 133.9.
On November 12, 2006, Rivers had the best game of his short career and led the San Diego Chargers to an improbable comeback against the Cincinnati Bengals. Down 28–7 at halftime, Rivers led the Chargers on six drives culminating in touchdowns. Then the very next week against what was considered at the time to be a strong Denver Broncos defense, the Chargers became the first team in history to win back-to-back games after trailing by 17 or more points and also the first team to win four straight when allowing at least 24 points in each game.
2007 Norv Turner took over as the head coach of the Chargers in 2007. After a 1–3 start, the Chargers found their groove finishing 11–5 and winning the AFC West for the second straight year. The Chargers also won their first two playoff games since the 1994 season, beating the Tennessee Titans and the Indianapolis Colts before falling to the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game 21–12. In 2008, Rivers had the highest quarterback rating in the NFL with a league leading 34 Touchdown passes, 105.5 Passer Rating, and a league best 8.4 yards per pass
Buy Your Philip Rivers NFL Memorabilia Here FACT: Philip Rivers was named ACC Athlete of the Year in 2004 and was also named the game MVP of 4 bowl games, two Tangerine Bowls, a Gator Bowl and the 2004 Senior Bowl.