Philip Rivers helped lead the Colts back from a 21-0 second-quarter deficit against the Bengals on Sunday afternoon. It was arguably Rivers’ best performance in a Colts uniform as he threw for 371 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception.
As you may imagine, Rivers was in a pretty great mood following the comeback victory. While he’s always been someone that’s candid and honest with the media, his attitude with the press following the win was even more authentic than usual.
Rivers made it a point during his postgame presser to share that he’s reading what local reporters are saying about him this season. After spending the previous 16 seasons in the league with the Chargers and with the virus keeping reporters out of the locker rooms, Rivers hasn’t been able to actually meet anyone in the media in-person. So, he figured that reading what they’re writing about him is as good as any opportunity to really get to know the media members.
It’s tough to find a single professional athlete that will be this candid with the media and reveal that he does in fact read what’s being written about him, and not just for motivational purposes. He even went as far as to say that “all you guys are pretty dang honest.”
Most players tell you they never read what you write and don’t care if it’s positive or negative. And then there is Philip Rivers. I love this: pic.twitter.com/mH6bXFxMmt
— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) October 19, 2020
Love him or hate him, it’s refreshing to see an NFL starting quarterback speak like Rivers did with the media. Sure, Rivers has had his moments with the media and certainly some blowups on the field, but Rivers speaking to the press like they’re actual humans and not just delivering coach and player speak is great.
He may not be perfect on the field, but if you’re a Colts fan, you have to tip your cap to Rivers following this exchange.