Former NFL quarterback Philip Rivers got the first win of his post-playing career as the high school he now coaches won their first game with him.
Rivers got his first win as head coach of St. Michael Catholic High School in Fairhope, Alabama last night. His team routed McIntosh, beating the rival school 49-0 after racing out to a 27-0 first quarter lead.
The former Chargers and Colts quarterback was always amped after wins in the NFL, and yesterday’s was no exception. Following the game, Rivers could hardly contain his excitement, endlessly praising his players and talking about how fun it is to coach them.
“After playing 50 something college games and 250 something NFL games – those Thursday and Friday nights in high school, being around it at Decatur High growing up and playing, they are some of my favorite memories,” Rivers said. “They are in the top 10. I can think of a handful right now. It’s awesome. I’m trying to remind these kids of that because most of them aren’t going to play beyond high school football. We have a handful that can play at the next level and want to, and I want them to want to. But I also want them to appreciate experiences like this. You won a football game. Be excited. It’s awesome, and I’m enjoying the heck out of it.”
Philip Rivers was the No. 4 overall pick by the New York Giants in the 2004 NFL Draft. But he was promptly traded to the San Diego Chargers for Eli Manning.
After taking over the starting job in 2006, Rivers kicked off what would become a legendary career. He went on to make nine Pro Bowls and led the NFL in every major passing category at least once.
Though Rivers never made the Super Bowl, he set numerous franchise records for the Chargers and retired as one of the NFL’s all-time leading passers.
And it looks like he’s got a strong career in high school football to look forward to next.
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