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The Chargers have been down and out for the past couple of seasons, but don’t expect Philip Rivers to give up on them yet.
The 35-year-old quarterback still has three years left on his contract, and he intends to keep playing as long as he has something left to give.
“I don’t want to hang on at the end and just be a guy that’s hanging on. But if I still feel like I can help a team and I enjoy it the way I do and more importantly, if the team feels that I can help them. … I don’t see myself shutting it down any time real soon,” Rivers told ESPN.
In the past two seasons the Chargers have only won nine games, and Rivers has led the league in interceptions twice in the past three years. However, he has also thrown for more than 4,000 yards in four consecutive seasons.
Chances are, the Chargers plan on hanging on to Rivers and his cannon arm as the team makes the transition to Los Angeles, something Rivers is excited about.
“I’m excited about the challenge and the newness and the unknown that’s going to come with being in a new community and playing in a new stadium,” he said. “But we’re going to still have that bolt on my helmet, and I’m excited about what’s ahead.”
And what are Rivers’ plans when he does decide to retire? To coach high school football, specifically his sons’ team.
“There’s something about that 15- to 18-year-old boy, the time of their life that you can really impact them, not only on the field but off the field and still get the competitiveness that I love,” he said. “I can’t imagine ever not having a team, being a part of a team trying to win a game. Hopefully a handful of years down the road that’s where I’ll be.”
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