A lot of professional athletes like to pretend they don’t notice their critics but not Philip Rivers. The quarterback, who spent his entire career with the Chargers before joining the Colts this offseason, admits that he heard everyone talking about him potentially being washed up and says that it “aggravated” him.
“At times what may have aggravated me a little bit last year was [critics saying] that I couldn’t play anymore,” Rivers said Wednesday. “When you heard that, it bothered me because I wanted to go, ‘Shoot, let’s go turn on the tape and watch all the good things.’ There were some bad plays. Certainly some throws I want back and certainly some very costly mistakes. I own up to all those. There was so much good and I had some throws last year that were probably as good as I’ve had my whole career. I knew. So I didn’t feel like I had to sell that to anyone. But at the same time, it did aggravate you little bit. I think it’s OK to be aware. I’m one of those guys that likes to be aware.”
Rivers threw for 23 touchdowns last season but also threw 20 interceptions, causing critics to wonder if his best days were behind him. He sounds eager to prove himself in Indianapolis and he has at least one person in his corner: Colts coach Frank Reich, who voiced his full support for Rivers earlier this spring.
“I can just tell you this and I know we still have to play games and all that stuff, and that’s the exciting part, but the further we get into this process with Philip, the more I’m convinced that was the right move for us,” Reich said. “This guy is an elite quarterback and I think (he) went with this roster. We have to stay healthy and we have to get some breaks. We all know that. It’s hard.”