It’s an emotional day for the people of San Diego and the 13 Chargers fans in Los Angeles, as the Chargers and Philip Rivers have mutually agreed that the 15-year veteran will enter free agency and not return to the team for the 2020 season.
“I am very grateful to the Spanos family and the Chargers organization for the last 16 years,” said Rivers via Chargers.com. “In anything you do, it’s the people you do it with that make it special. There are so many relationships and memories with coaches, support staff and teammates that will last forever, and for that I am so thankful.
“I never took for granted the opportunity to lead this team out on to the field for 235 games. We had a lot of great moments, beginning in San Diego and then finishing in LA. I wish my teammates and coaches nothing but the best moving forward.
“I’m not sure what the future holds, but my family and I look forward to seeing what God has planned for us next.
Nunc Coepi is a phrase that Rivers used during a commencement address at the Catholic University years back and the Chargers adopted as their team phrase.
It means ‘Now I begin.’
In the commencement address Rivers told the class in our prayer, in our habits, in our relationships, in our profession. Whether you made a bad grade or didn’t so well on a project. You must begin again.
Take a moment to let that deepness settle into your bones.
The Chargers also released a minute-and-a-half tribute video to honor the quarterback who holds 30-plus franchise records.
That ‘dadgummit’ clip is an interview worth re-visiting. This was Rivers’ last game in 2019 and is raw and powerful.
Chargers fans before today:
Chargers fans after today: