When the Chargers decided to pack up the franchise and move to Los Angeles, there was a point where many wondered if Phillip Rivers would want to make the trip along with the franchise. He may not be a fan of the new location for the Chargers, but he is making it work this season despite having to make the commute a bit longer. In an effort to be more productive with the time needed to get from his San Diego home to practices with the team in Los Angeles, Rivers went full-blown Pimp My Ride to make watching game film easy to do in his SUV.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, Rivers is making the nearly one hour and 20-minute commute to the Chargers facility in Orange County from his San Diego home three times a week in the back of a souped up SUV that would be the envy of anyone who watched MTV’s Pimp My Ride reality show back in the day.
Yo, I heard you like to watch game film, so we put a film room in your SUV!
From the San Diego Union-Tribune:
Essentially, his mode of transportation is a mobile man cave with the seats like those in a first class airplane set side-by-side in the back facing forward, plenty of room for a 6-foot-5 quarterback to fully recline while watching film on the 40-inch television screen separating the front seat and rear cabin. There is satellite TV, WiFi and a small refrigerator Rivers would rather you call a cooler.
Rivers was intent on keeping his family in San Diego, and by converting an SUV into a mobile film study room, Rivers says he is able to keep a similar schedule for his family and get in the same amount of film study as before, if not more.
“My two biggest things were my family time and my preparation and what I owe this football team,” Rivers said. “I was not going to sacrifice either of them in any big proportion. I can look at all the pluses and minuses and say, ‘OK. This does it.’ This allows me to get home in the 6 to 7 hour, which is when I got home the last 11 years, and it allows me to watch all or more of the film I watched before.”
The San Diego paper says the upgrades cost about $200,000 before the salary for a dedicated driver to take Rivers where he needs to go, but it’s all worth it for the Chargers’ franchise quarterback.
But does he have a PS4 hooked up? That’s what we really want to know.