Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star
Published 11:55 a.m. ET May 8, 2020 | Updated 1:16 p.m. ET May 8, 2020
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Philip Rivers has always known what he wants to do when his NFL career comes to a close.
Follow in his father’s footsteps. Become a high school football coach.
Rivers still has football left to play. The Colts signed him in March to immediately upgrade their quarterback position and get them back into playoff contention.
But he already knows where he’s headed after he retires.
Rivers has been named the coach in waiting at St. Michael Catholic High in Fairhope, Alabama. The school introduced him in a news conference.
The 38-year-old quarterback signed a one-year, $25 million deal with the Colts, but he’s hoping to play longer.
“I’m taking it one year at a time,” Rivers said in his introductory news conference with the Colts. “I feel great. If I feel like I feel right now next year, then I’ll be excited to keep going, again, depending on how the team feels about that.”
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But Rivers also said he doesn’t see himself playing well into his 40s like Tom Brady, and his prospective coaching career is the reason. Rivers played for his dad, Steve, at Athens High, and he wants to coach his oldest son, Gunner, when he gets to high school.
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“I want to coach my son, my oldest son,” Rivers said. “He’ll be a sixth grader, so we have a little bit of time, but that is important to me to coach him in high school.”
Rivers apparently has his destination now, back in the state where his father spent 21 years.