Once Philip Rivers retires from the NFL, the star quarterback has a pretty bright future in witchcraft. I say that because what he was able to pull off in 2013 was nothing short of magical. Not only did Rivers finish the regular season with over 4,200 passing yards and 29 touchdowns, the San Diego quarterback pioneered one of the most depleted Chargers teams in recent memory to the postseason.
Heading into the year, Rivers was excited to work with rookie wide receiver Keenan Allen as the third-round pick showed some flashes of greatness while in college. Little did Rivers know: Allen would emerge as the Chargers’ leading receiver by year’s end. How crazy is that? Rivers managed to toss a mere 10 interceptions and reach the Pro Bowl with a rookie wide receiver as his No. 1 target and nearly half of his targets on the injured reserve.
Of course, the Chargers aren’t the Chargers without a few bone-headed losses, which San Diego had plenty of this year, but at the end of the day: Rivers and his teammates are heading to the playoffs and that’s all that matters. By winning with such a depleted roster, Rivers has further cemented himself as a Chargers icon and his efforts this season should be rewarded with a statue of some sort in the not-so-distant future.
In fact, if San Diego winds up winning it all then I fully expect the Chargers to have a statue erected for Rivers by the time he steps off of the plane from Super Bowl XLVIII.