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Wolfpack Legend Philip Rivers Retiring From NFL

January 20, 2021

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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