Just when Philip Rivers thought he was out of the NFL, he might get pulled back in.
Rivers intended to spend 2021 — and possibly beyond — coaching high school football in Alabama. But if ESPN gets their wish, Rivers could take a job with the Worldwide Leader that Peyton Manning once turned down.
Philip Rivers just retired after 17 NFL seasons
Rivers, who turned 39 on December 8, officially retired after the Colts’ season ended earlier this month. The fourth overall selection in 2004, Rivers completed 64.9% of his passes in 17 seasons for 63,440 yards, 421 touchdowns, and 209 interceptions.
One of the league’s most durable quarterbacks, Rivers never missed a start from 2006 through his final game on Jan. 9, 2021.
Rivers also completed 59.4% of his passes in the postseason for 2,965 yards, 16 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions across 12 playoff games.
Rivers already took his first post-football job
Philip Rivers didn’t need long at all to find his first post-football job.
Rivers had determined well in advance that he would coach high school football upon retiring. The eight-time Pro Bowl selection will be the head coach at St. Michael Catholic High School in Fairhope, Ala.
The private school opened in 2016 and has not yet sent any players to the NFL.
Rivers is originally from Decatur, Ala., and played high school football in Athens, another city in Alabama.
Philip Rivers could take a job that Peyton Manning turned down
The New York Post reported that ESPN is interested in hiring Rivers as an NFL analyst. If Rivers did sign with ESPN, he could possibly join the Monday Night Football team.
The Post reported that the current team is safe for now. ESPN previously pursued Peyton Manning as an NFL analyst and color commentator for Monday Night Football, but Manning turned the network down.
Manning has a show on ESPN+, Detail: Peyton Manning, where he meets with NFL legends and other celebrities. However, the legendary quarterback has not appeared on the network in an official analyst role.
The Post reported that ESPN could use Rivers as a game analyst if ESPN and ABC add more regular-season games. ESPN airs a Monday Night Football doubleheader in Week 1 each year.
As of publication, Rivers had not publicly commented on the rumors of him potentially joining ESPN.