INDIANAPOLIS — For the first time since he was drafted into the NFL 17 years ago, Philip Rivers is having to uproot his life and move across the country.
Rivers, his wife, and his nine children have settled into their new home in Indianapolis as Rivers has signed a one-year deal with the Colts after choosing not to resign with the Los Angeles Chargers.
“I guess we’ve been here almost a week now,” Rivers told WISH-TV. “It’s been great. Haven’t really moved in a long time so, quite a different move with 11 of us, but the transition has been smooth.”
Rivers is the second longest-tenured quarterback in the NFL right now, second only to Tom Brady of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (formerly of the New England Patriots). Rivers said with the coronavirus pandemic having wiped out what would be a normal acclimation to a new team, it’s been a challenge to get to know his new teammates.
“Here I am in year 17 and going into a brand new locker room and being brand new and not really knowing any of these guys,” said Rivers. “But, a handful of us have been throwing already. Seeing Jack (Doyle) and Paris (Campbell) these last couple days.”
One thing Colts fans can probably relate to with Rivers as he enters the 2020-2021 campaign with the team is consistency. While Peyton Manning was the quarterback of the Colts he once held a 227 game streak in which he didn’t miss a start. Rivers is one of only three quarterbacks in league history to have bested that streak.
Rivers enters this season having started 235 straight games with the Chargers and he plans to keep that streak going into his first year with the Colts.