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Philip Rivers has called time on his NFL career though is already set for a new role.
Quarterback Rivers, who was signed by the San Diego Chargers in 2004, spent 17 years in the NFL and finishes his career ranked fifth all-time with 63,440 passing yards and 421 touchdown passes.
He had 16 years with the Chargers, who later moved to Los Angeles, before spending his final season with the Indianapolis Colts.
The 39-year-old guided the Colts to the Wild Card round, where they were ultimately beaten by the Buffalo Bills.
And Rivers is now set for a role in high school football, reportedly set to take over as coach of St. Michael Catholic High School in Alabama.
“It’s just time,” Rivers told the San Diego Union-Tribune. “It’s just right.
“I can sit here and say, ‘I can still throw it. I love to play’. But that’s always going to be there. I’m excited to go coach high school football.
“What has helped me come to this (decision) is the growing desire to coach high school football. That’s what I’ve always wanted to do. It’s been growing. I can’t wait.”
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On his career, Rivers added: “It was awesome. A young kid from Northern Alabama who grew up wanting to play pro ball. I got to do it.
“This is the first year I felt like the ending was real. We talked about it other years, but we knew we weren’t doing it.
“This year felt different. … It just seemed right.”
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