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Colts’ Phillip Rivers Names High School Head Football Coach



Indianapolis Colts quarterback Phillip Rivers may be entering his 17th and final season in the NFL as it appears he has his next job lined up.

According to ESPN’s Mike Wells, Rivers has been named the head football coach at St. Michael Catholic High School on Friday, per an official school announcement.

Rivers, 38, signed a one-year, $25 million deal with the Colts this offseason after spending his entire career with the Chargers organization, both in San Diego and Los Angeles.

“It’s a special day for me and my family, really,” Rivers said, during a news conference.

“I know I’m going to get a little emotional. I had two childhood dreams. One was to play in the NFL, and I’ve been able to do that now going into my 17th season and I still love that. The other is to be a high school football coach as my dad did. … How blessed am I to be able to live both of those out, one on the tail end and one in the beginning stages.”

Rivers played for his father, Steve, at Athens (Alabama) High School prior to going to play for NC State in college.

“My dad was my high school football coach, so I want to coach my boys and I want to coach young boys down the road” Rivers said, according to

Rivers has two sons, one going into 6th grade and the other into third grade, as well as seven daughters.

“So I do know what’s next when my playing time’s over, so we did talk about it a little bit,”

“I think really where we settled in was: I still love to play. Certainly not coming off my best year, but in a year where I still know I can play at a high level, I did it in spurts. I just didn’t do it consistently enough. And I love it, and shoot, it was one of those deals where we said, ‘Well, if there’s nothing else out there, then that’ll be our answer.’ We kind of said, ‘Whatever God wants, so if there’s nothing out there, I don’t want to just try to hang on to play. If nothing’s out there, shoot, we’ll start coaching.”

Rivers has thrown for 59,271 yards and 397 touchdowns, along with eight Pro Bowl nominations, during his NFL career, and is surely a future Hall of Famer.


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Anthony DiMoro is the creator of Sports Rants and the CEO of Elite Rank Media. He is a former Contributor for Forbes and the Huffington Post where he covered sports, social media, and SEO. Anthony formerly hosted the 'Forbes SportsMoney Podcast'.