How Philip Rivers Raised His Game

As a Charger fan, I’ve seen Rivers play his entire career. I’ve always known he was great. Now that he’s bounced back from 2011-2012, and that the Chargers are in the Super Bowl conversation, it’s great to see some national recognition.

Rivers’ leadership qualities in light of his body language have been argued for as long as he’s been in the league. Here’s one thing you can’t argue: He’s always there. In nine seasons Rivers has not missed a start. It begins with weight training, and this offseason a new emphasis on endurance, teammates say. When he takes a big hit, he peels himself off the ground, hunches over in the huddle and grunts, “Guys, just gimme a second and I’ll get you the ball.”

Says Hardwick: “Guys love that.”