Philip Rivers Retiring From NFL After 17 Seasons

While the world awaits what’s expected to be a retirement decision from Drew Brees, another NFL legend has opted to make his decision quickly. Philip Rivers, 39, recently noted he’d consider retirement but was also open to returning to the Indianapolis Colts for a second year, if they’d have him.

Just over one week after being eliminated from the playoffs at the hands of the Buffalo Bills in an AFC wild-card game, Rivers is instead going to hang up his cleats — he told The San Diego Union-Tribune — ending a 17-year NFL career that will potentially one day see him inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“It’s just time,” Rivers said. “It’s just right.”

The eight-time Pro Bowl quarterback already has the next step of his football life planned and ready to go. A native of Alabama, he’ll take the reins as head coach of St. Michael Catholic High School in Fairhope, Alabama.