Will Rivers still be around when Chargers play in Inglewood stadium?
By Matt Pagels
The Chargers-Rams joint stadium in Inglewood, Calif., won’t be open until 2020. Will Philip Rivers still be the Chargers’ starting quarterback when that time comes?
Philip Rivers has been the starting quarterback for the San Diego Chargers since 2006. He hasn’t missed a game since taking over for current Saints quarterback Drew Brees.
In 2017, Rivers will be the starting quarterback for the Los Angeles Chargers, leading his team onto a new field. The Chargers will be playing at the StubHub Center in Carson for the next three seasons before joining the Rams in Inglewood as part of a brand new joint stadium.
That aforementioned stadium was supposed to be completed by 2019, but rain fall will delay the opening for one year. As of now, Rivers is signed through the 2019 season and will be an unrestricted free agent in 2020. Not only that, but he’ll be 38 years old at the start of the 2020 season.
Will he remain a Charger or even continue his football career? Rivers seemed optimistic when talking to NFL Network’s Rich Eisen on The Rich Eisen Show.
“I hope to still be playing football in 2020, and certainly I hope I’m still playing here,” Rivers said. “So yeah, I hope to get to see that stadium then. That’s a long way out. I’ve learned to just take them one year at a time and one game at a time at this point. I’m certainly thankful I’ve been able to be out there for all of them since 2006.
But for now, Rivers is focused on putting the Chargers on the L.A. map in 2017.
“The one thing I’m not oblivious to is there’s a lot of sports teams there and a lot to do there (L.A.), and we gotta earn it,” Rivers said. “We can’t just go up there and say, ‘Oh here we are,’ and expect people to love us and cheer for us. We have to earn that on the field, and we plan on doing that.”
Check out Rivers’ full interview with Eisen below.