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Rivers to Retire After 17 Years

Longtime NFL quarterback Philip Rivers has decided to retire after playing one season with the Indianapolis Colts.

His decision at age 39 comes less than two weeks after the Colts suffered a 27-24 loss at Buffalo in the wild-card round of the playoffs.

Rivers spent his first 16 seasons with the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers after they acquired him in a draft day trade that sent Eli Manning to the New York Giants in 2004.

Rivers finishes his career ranked among the league’s top five in career completions, career yards passing and career TDs.

His 240 consecutive regular-season starts was the second-longest streak since 1970, trailing only Brett Favre. He never played in a Super Bowl.

Rivers won 134 career games No. 2 among quarterbacks without a Super Bowl ring and was eighth all time.

Only Tom Brady (230), two-time Super Bowl champs Peyton Manning (186) and Ben Roethlisberger (156), Brees (172) and Hall of Famers Favre (186), John Elway (148) and Dan Marino (147) won more regular-season games than Rivers.

He also finished his career ranked fifth in career completions (5,277), yards passing (63,440) and touchdown passes (421), and as the Chargers’ franchise record-holder in every major passing category.

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