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    Respect for Rivers runs deep after gutsy effort


    Sunday, February 03, 2008

    Philip Rivers hobbled his way through the AFC Championship Game, his right knee in tatters, the anterior cruciate ligament torn and the medial collateral ligament sprained.
    He also provided an image that could prove everlasting.

    "I did an interview with Tom Brady (the other day), and the first thing Tom and I talked about was what Philip Rivers did," Trent Dilfer of NFL Network told us at Super Bowl XLII media day in Phoenix. "Tom said to me, 'That guy forever won me over. Forever!'"

    Dilfer once played with a compromised MCL, which is a relative hangnail compared to what Rivers endured.
    "You can't imagine what he went through in that game," Dilfer said. "Your right leg is everything we do (as right-handed quarterbacks)."
    So why do it?

    "You do it for the guys in the locker room, and you do it for the team," Fox analyst Troy Aikman said. "One of the ways you earn respect in the locker room is going out and putting your body through things that most people wouldn't attempt."

    Rivers won over his Chargers teammates that day and, apparently, some of his NFL brethren.

    "And I think Eli (Manning) has done the same thing," Dilfer volunteered, before being asked about the Giants quarterback. "Whether it was the Tiki (Barber) incident (in training camp) or just being so stoic on the field and with how he handles all the criticism, he's been unflappable."


    ELI VS. RIVERS VS. BIG BEN

    Four years into their professional careers, the top quarterbacks of the 2004 class are verifying their draft-day stock.
    Eli went first, Rivers was fourth and subsequently packaged in a trade for Manning, and Ben Roethlisberger was selected 11th by the Steelers.

    They supply debate fodder for the foreseeable future: Who is best? Who would you want on your team? In a big game?
    Roethlisberger's headline to date was the run to Super Bowl XL, and he has the best career numbers of the three. He is coming off his best statistical season and is a Pro Bowler.

    Manning tied for the league lead with 20 interceptions but is viewed as cool, clutch, composed. Popular among teammates, he is likable, his aw-shucks demeanor particularly easy to cheer when he is winning.
    Rivers has some ground to make up, having started 23 fewer games than the others. Easily the most outwardly emotional, Rivers might wind up parlaying toughness into his trademark.

    Dilfer, who strongly preferred Manning and Rivers over Roethlisberger because of their college experience, called it "a hard question" when asked if he'd favor the same draft order now. Ultimately he decided he would, saying, "All of them fit well with the team that drafted them."

    Aikman noted that while their draft order might look proper now, "a couple of years ago, we wouldn't have said that" when Roethlisberger was becoming the youngest quarterback to win a Super Bowl.

    Said Fox's Jimmy Johnson: "Looking at them now, Eli took some time to develop but he's showing that he's worthy of being a top four or five player. Rivers is capable of being a top four or five player; he has shown that. Obviously, Roethlisberger has done that in winning a Super Bowl."

    http://www.nj.com/columns/ledger/graziano/index.ssf?/base/columns-0/1202016993159760.xml&coll=1
     
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    I saw that interview yesterday, Rivers stock has gone up no doubt.
     
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    yet he now remains the only QB from that RD 1 class w/o SB win......Forest Gump and Coconut head have one each
     
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    Yea but Forest Gump plays in the NFC. It's easier to get to the superbowl from the NFC than it is to get there from the AFC. Do you think the Giants would ever get to a superbowl if they had to face the Colts and Patriots every year in the playoffs? No way do I see that happening. They might beat one by luck but the other will get them. If the Chargers were in the NFC, they'd be in the superbowl practically every year. But, even so, I think Rivers will win one in the coming years, because the Chargers are too talented not to win one.
     
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    the window is closing fast since the FA and CAP reapers lurk in the shadows.
     
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    We've got the majority of our starters signed for the next 3 years.
     
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    Here's a picture of Philip Rivers in college getting in Shawne Merriman's face after Merriman did a dirty move to him. He shows he has real cajones standing up to a guy like Merriman even though he's just a quarterback. Rivers taped a copy of that picture to Merriman's locker after Merriman was drafted and they both had a big laugh about it. I truly think that Rivers is the toughest quarterback in the league right now.


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    LOL! That is the funniest thing I've read today! Forest Gump. Coconut head. It's nice to see you still have a sense of humor!

    sdman
     
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    actually the story that goes with that pic is

    in a pile in the endzone, PR twisted shawne's ankle lol

    rivers is a LB playing qb
     
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    And they have alot of room under the cap next year. Good shape it seems.

    pao
     
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    Don't know about toughest but he's one of 'em. Brady is a tough sucker too.

    pao
     
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    He has to be a tough SOB if he can play through that... thats nuts!

    Def. impressed me.
     
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