Ranking the best quarterbacks in NFL history #47. Philip Rivers

47. Philip Rivers: Rivers gets overlooked in today’s game because of the dearth of great quarterbacks that play in the NFL right now, but he has been a top-flight quarterback ever since he earned the Chargers starting job in 2006.  Rivers was selected with the 4th overall pick by San Diego in the 2004 and has spent his entire career with them.

Rivers is a five-time Pro Bowler who has had one impressive season after another since taking over the reigns in San Diego once the Chargers parted ways with Drew Brees. Although it is difficult to choose from because Rivers plays well every season, his most impressive years came 2008, 2010 and 2013.  Although the Chargers finished 2008 with a .500 record, Rivers was spectacular. He completed 65.3 percent of his passes for 4,009 yards and a league-leading 34 touchdown.  He also led the NFL in passer rating at 105.5.  In 2010, San Diego missed the playoffs with a 9-7 record but that couldn’t be blamed on the arm of their signal caller.  That year, Rivers completed 66 percent of his passes for a league-leading 4,710 and 30 touchdowns.  Following a couple of down years by Rivers’ standards, he bounced back in a big way this past season.  He led the Chargers on a late run to make the playoffs and won a post season game for the first time since 2008.  On the season, Rivers led the NFL by completing 69.5 percent of his passes for 4,478 yards and 32 touchdowns.

For his career to this point, Rivers has completed 64.4 percent of his passes for 32,369 yards and 221 touchdowns with only 104 interceptions.

Since it appears that Rivers has plenty of good years left in him as a starting quarterback, he should be able to move up the list in the upcoming seasons.


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