Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers announced his retirement from the NFL on Wednesday, leaving Ben Roethlisberger as the last player standing from the legendary 2004 quarterback draft class.
Rivers, 39, spent 16 seasons with the Chargers before joining Indianapolis for the 2020 season. He finishes his career with 63,440 yards, which had been third amongst active players and fifth overall in NFL history. Rivers threw for 421 touchdowns and 209 interceptions.
Seven times, Rivers led his team to the postseason, where he compiled a 5-7 record, but never was able to lead a team to the Super Bowl. Rivers was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection, the NFL Comeback Player of the Year in 2013, led the NFL in passing yards in 2010 and touchdowns and passer rating in 2008.
He was the No. 4 overall pick in the 2004 NFL Draft out of NC State, and was immediately traded by the New York Giants to the San Diego Chargers for No. 1 choice Eli Manning. Roethlisberger was taken with the 11th overall pick by the Steelers. Matt Schaub and Luke McCown were taken in later rounds, giving the class five quarterbacks that spent over a decade in the NFL.
All three players threw for over 50,000 yards in their careers, all three played at least 15 seasons, with Manning and Roethlisberger combining to win four Super Bowls.
Just five players in total from the class played in 2020, including Rivers, Roethlisberger, Schaub, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and San Francisco 49ers punter Andy Lee.
Ryan Switzer Asks for Prayers for COVID-19 Positive Son
Former Steelers receiver Ryan Switzer asked for prayers for his 9-month-old son Christian Saturday morning. Switzer’s son has been hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19.
I’m asking everyone that this tweet comes across to please just take a second and say a prayer for our son Christian. He’s 9 months and currently in the hospital after he woke up in his blood. He’s Covid positive.
— Ryan Switzer (@Switz) March 6, 2021
In Switzer’s tweet, he asked everyone to say a prayer for the little guy. Thousands of fans have interacted with the tweet, with many voicing their prayers and well wishes.
The 26-year-old receiver signed a 1-year deal with the Cleveland Browns in January after spending time on their practice squad last season. Switzer was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He then spent both 2018 and 2019 in Pittsburgh before being released by the Steelers before the 2020 season.
NFL Considering Making Roughing the Passer Reviewable
The NFL is considering making roughing the passer calls subject to replay review, according to NFL.com’s Judy Battista.
Battista reports that owners are expected to vote on the potential rule change at the annual league meetings later this month.
There is no denying that roughing the passer calls have become increasingly questionable over recent years, as the league continues to emphasize the protection of its most valuable assets – the quarterbacks.
Still, the concept does conjure painful memories of 2019, when the league tried reviewing pass interference calls. The experiment proved to be an unmitigated disaster, and was scrapped after a single season.
While the new role could remedy some of the infuriating calls the Pittsburgh Steelers defense has been levied with in recent year, the chance could also open up an unintended can of worms.
Reviewing roughing the passer calls is not the only potential rule change the owner will reportedly consider.
According to Battista, owners will also discuss switching overtime back to sudden death, creating an alternative to the onside kick and voting on a rule reportedly proposed by the Buffalo Bills to delay coaching and general manager interviews until the conference championship round.
NFL Insider John Clayton Predicts Steelers Could Cut Joe Haden, Vince Williams
John Clayton, one of the longest tenured NFL Insiders, offered a prediction on how the Steelers will handle their roster in the coming weeks during his weekly appearance on 93.7 The Fan.
When referring to player cuts around the NFL, Clayton said he expects many notable players to be released by their current teams. Clayton proclaimed “it will be a bloodbath around the league” and that could include a couple key veterans being handed their walking papers by the Steelers.
— Andrew Fillipponi (@ThePoniExpress) March 3, 2021
Joe Haden and Vince Williams could both be forced to find new teams as soon as next week, according to Clayton. Haden has spent the past 4 seasons in Pittsburgh after spending his first 7 years with the Browns. Williams has played his entire 8-year NFL career with the Steelers after being drafted in the 6th round of the 2013 NFL Draft.