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Wolfpack Legend Philip Rivers Retiring From NFL

January 20, 2021
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NC State legend Philip Rivers has announced he is retiring from the National Football League after 17 seasons.

San Diego Union-Tribune writer Kevin Acee broke the news this morning.

Rivers finished his NFL career ranked fifth all-time with 63,440 passing yards and 421 touchdown passes while playing 16 seasons for the Chargers and one year with the Colts.

The No. 4 overall pick in the 2004 NFL draft, Rivers was a star at NC State where he started 51 straight games and completed a conference-record 1,147 passes and 95 touchdowns.

The 51 straight games was an NCAA record, and he finished his career at NC State with 13,484 passing yards, which was the second-most all-time when his eligibility was up.

How special was Rivers to NC State?  He had his No. 17 retired prior to his final home game in Carter-Finley Stadium.

 
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