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A surprising name emerged as a potential candidate to return to the NFL on Monday. Rumors were circulating that former star quarterback Philip Rivers, a former multi-time Pro Bowler and former Top 5 NFL Draft pick, could make a play to come back to the league. The rumors began to circulate after Rich Eisen said that he heard at the NFL scouting combine that Rivers contacted teams about a return, specifically mentioning the Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers.

On Tuesday however, Rivers reacted to those rumors. Evidently, they don’t seem to have legs. Rivers essentially turned down those rumors and said that his playing days are over.

“I heard from a couple of teams just kind of checking in,” he told “I didn’t contact anyone, and I’m not going anywhere.”

Rivers continued, “I think maybe some teams, with some guys going down, may have been just looking for a contingency plan, but nothing came of it. I think in my mind in the last couple of years if a team had needed me, I might have had six or eight games left in me, but I’m not going into this fall thinking the same. I think it’s done.”

While Rivers didn’t have the championship success of his 2004 quarterback class peers, statistically speaking he retired as one of the best of his era. He finished his career with 63,440 passing yards and 421 touchdowns. He ranks sixth all-time in NFL history in each of those categories.

But if you believe the man himself, those marks will not change anytime soon.


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