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Sporting News Conversation: Philip Rivers

Discussion in 'Chargers Fan Forum' started by ChargerRay, Jun 1, 2009.

  1. ChargerRay

    ChargerRay #FireMcCoy #FirePagano Staff Member Super Moderator Podcaster

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    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=sportingnewsconversation&prov=tsn&type=lgns

    What does San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers'(notes) in-game yapping at opposing players and fans alike really say about him? What does it mean to him that he outlasted Jay Cutler(notes) in the AFC West? And can he own a division for an extended period of time like some of his heroes—Brett Favre(notes), Peyton Manning(notes), Tom Brady(notes)—have done in their careers?

    Rivers, 27, discussed those matters, as well as his devout Catholic faith and his unique family life, in a wide-ranging Sporting News Conversation with Steve Greenberg. Here are some excerpts and outtakes from the magazine interview that is on newsstands now:

    Q: You say you're going to tone down talking to opposing fans. Why would you do that? It seems like fun for both sides.
    A: It is fun. There hasn't been profanity on either side; it hasn't been vulgar. In Indianapolis (in a January '08 playoff game), every completion Peyton threw: "That's how a real quarterback does it!" And then we scored and I said, "Yeah, what now?" But the reasons for toning it down are, 1) so it's not a distraction for any of us, and then 2) it wasn't explained on the SportsCenter reel like I've explained it to you. People watched it and said, "This guy's out of his mind." Not that I always worry about the perception, but I'm not going win that battle by saying I'm just having a good time.

    Q: Cameras caught you gesturing to Jay Cutler during a win against the Broncos a couple of seasons ago. It sure looked like you were taunting him. Did you go too far?
    A: There are obviously two sides to every story. I've seen the clip over and over. They're a division rival, our guys got a big defensive stop, they'd been going at it all day with Jay, and I was kind of congratulating Matt Wilhelm(notes) and Shaun Phillips(notes). I had a little smirk on my face, had a little, "Atta baby, nice play!" with my eyes directed toward Jay. Is it something I regret? No, because it was clean. But I understand some of the feedback and the perception it created. Maybe it wasn't the best thing. But I can repeat everything that was said and how it went. If it doesn't get caught on TV, I don't think either one of us would have ever thought about it.

    Q: How great was it for this team to hang in there last season and win the division the way you did, especially after that nutty call in Denver in Week 2?
    A: It was unreal. I was talking to my wife about last season, the 4-8 (start) and how we came back. She said, "Isn't it funny how you just remember how it ended?" It's hard to put yourself back to how hard it really was and how rough and sick we felt coming in here at 4-8 and going to Wednesday practice. It was rough. … And it was super rewarding, and a lot of people deserve a lot of credit. Norv (Turner) did a heck of a job. Maybe he doesn't get the credit he deserves for never flinching. To stand in front of the team and it looks like it's slipping away from you, it's not easy. What do you say? "Hang in there, we're almost there, keep playing hard." But he did that; he never flinched.

    Q: Did you know you were going to win that final game, at home vs. the Broncos for the division title?
    A: Oh, yeah. We did. And I think the whole world knew it and everybody picked us. We said, "Guys, let's do it. Don't get caught up in it." But we walked into the locker room after that crazy loss to Denver in Week 2 and Norv said, "Hey guys, Week 17 is going to be for the whole division, at our place." And it turned out that way. That was awesome.

    Q: Was there a big difference between the undefeated Patriots team you lost to in the '07 playoffs and the Steelers team you lost to last postseason?
    A: The records were different, but the Steelers have a disciplined, tough, nasty defense with an offense that gets it done. The atmosphere is a lot tougher in Pittsburgh. We'd already been there once, and we went right back six weeks later. That's as good and tough and nasty of a defense as I've played. They've got the great players—(Troy) Polamalu, (James) Harrison—but they've got so many guys who know their roles and play them to a T. We hung in there, but that third quarter was so crazy. It's hard to win a game when you run one play in a quarter.

    Q: Who's the best player from your 2004 draft class?
    A: I think, right now, it's Larry Fitzgerald(notes). The things he does and how consistent he is and what he can do in one play, one catch, to change the game, is really unmatched.

    Q: Here's an impossible question. If you were on a team with Eli Manning(notes) and Ben Roethlisberger(notes), who would start?
    A: That is pretty impossible. I imagine you'd get three "I woulds" if you asked all three guys that question. I think I'd have to say I would.

    Q: It's pretty neat, isn't it, how things have really worked out for you, Manning and Roethlisberger, but also for Drew Brees(notes), whom you replaced here?
    A: All four guys have continued to improve and have good careers. The one thing I really appreciated was the relationship with Drew here my first two years, what I learned from him about pushing myself and competing. He's meant a lot to this organization. Eli and Ben have a handful of Super Bowls and obviously have played great, and here in San Diego we've won a lot of football games. Since 2004, we're in the top four in games won in that span. New England, Indianapolis and the Steelers are the only teams that have won more.

    Q: What was it like to play high school ball for your father in Athens, Ala.?
    A: Some of the greatest memories that I've ever had. It was awesome. Ever since I was old enough to think about it, I couldn't wait to play for him. It was something both of us couldn't wait for. And then it just flies by. I'll never forget both of us literally crying our eyes out after the last game we were together. We lost in the playoffs in the quarterfinals. We were the last two in the locker room; we sat there and had a big hug. God, it was over. It was the end of it. I remember that like yesterday.

    Q: You publicly supported Prop 4, a California ballot initiative that would have required parental notification before abortions could be performed on minors. Did you also get involved with Prop 8, which eliminated same-sex couples' right to marry in the state?
    A: On Prop 8, I did not, but I have the stance that you would imagine. As for Prop 4, just having young daughters, I felt strongly enough about it to try to help out. Another thing I feel strongly about is chastity. You ask why I got married so young—it was important to Tiff and I to remain pure until we got married. That was certainly some motivation right there to get married young. (Laughs.)
     
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  2. RM24

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    Great read man, thanks for posting that.
     
  3. TBF

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    Ditto...Great Read
     
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    I like how he talked about how much tougher Pittsburgh is a place to play than New England. I'm sure the chowdaheads will see it as a shot at them, though I think it was just Philip speaking the truth.
     
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    PR and our D are going to phuc some folks up this year. :icon_banana:
     
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  6. -Scar-

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    WE As Bolt Fans Get To Have The Best And Most Well Rounded Character At QB...And That Is Pretty ****in Sweet....More And More This Guy Wins Me Over As A Fan And More And More Makes Himself My Favorite Player In The League Hands Down....

    PR FTW...

    :cool:
     
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  7. Kwak

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    I am glad he is getting some good press. All the **** that was talked about him was really pissing me off.

    Philip is a stand up, high character guy.
     
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  8. Buck Melanoma

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    Repping the ACC & the Bolts quite well.

    Go get 'em, PR!!! :abq2: :abq1:
     
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  9. RM24

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    Hmmmmm.......Those 3 also have something we want real bad.....the rings....
     
  10. cranberry

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    It's good to have a guy like Philip at QB, on and off the field.

    I knew he is religious, but not that he's catholic. I'm too,
    but I have problems with some of the pope's opinions.
     
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  11. HEXEDBOLT

    HEXEDBOLT Don't like it, lump it!!!

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    Wow in 04 I was beat down over Philip on these very boards. Not this one, but others like it. The dude shows up to play just like I told y'all get over it.
     

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