Former NFL player Shawne Merriman recently revealed that his former teammate, Philip Rivers, still has aspirations of playing in the NFL. Despite being 42 years old and not having played in an NFL game since the 2020 season, Rivers has not retired and is reportedly eager to get back on the field.
Philip Rivers, despite his age and time away from the NFL, is reportedly eager to continue his football career and is open to the possibility of playing for one or two more seasons.
Rivers’ Desire to Continue Playing
According to Merriman, Rivers has not retired because he still wants to play in the NFL. Merriman expressed that Rivers is not only interested in playing for one more season but possibly even two. He emphasized that Rivers is determined and still has the drive to compete at the professional level.
Rivers’ Career and Recent Stint with the Colts
Rivers most recently played for the Indianapolis Colts in the 2020-21 season, where he achieved 4,169 passing yards and 24 touchdowns. Despite leading the Colts to an 11-5 record, the team did not secure a playoff win, ultimately losing to Buffalo in the Wild Card round. Prior to his time in Indianapolis, Rivers had a successful career with the Chargers, leading to discussions about his potential retirement after taking a high school coaching position in 2021.
Rivers’ Future in the NFL
Contrary to assumptions that Rivers was content with his career, Merriman’s statement indicates that Rivers is still passionate about playing football. Merriman believes that Rivers could still contribute to a team, especially in high-stakes playoff scenarios. While there are currently no reports of teams showing interest in Rivers, the upcoming weeks leading to the playoffs could potentially change the situation.