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John Gennaro
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John Gennaro

A die hard San Diego Chargers fan and writer for Bolts From The Blue.

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On and off the field, the QB I would want leading my team, for 2009, is Philip Rivers. In every sense, he's an ideal player and person.

On the field, Rivers is one of the top 5 quarterbacks in the NFL. The son of a high school football coach, he is a natural leader and plays better under pressure. Rivers led the league in passer rating in 2008, seven months after playing a playoff game on a torn ACL. With a strong arm, incredible work ethic and a mind for football, Philip Rivers belongs in the same conversation with Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.

Some people don't like Philip because, in 2007, he was spotted talking trash with Jay Cutler and also with Colts fans during a playoff game. Although he's never been shy about his intensity, and he says he won't hold back if he feels like talking trash, he did restrain himself, at least a little, in 2008. My question to the fans that don't like Rivers for those instances is: Don't you talk trash when you play football with your friends? I know I do. Even if your answer is no, I think it's silly to hold QBs to a level of professionalism on the field when linemen, wide receivers and cornerbacks are known to talk trash during every NFL game.

Off the field, Rivers has never caused a problem and probably never will. He recently signed a six year extension with the Chargers for less money than Eli Manning. Manning may have a Super Bowl ring but he is not the passer Rivers is, and it may have been the easiest negotiations the Chargers ever had. Philip didn't care about an extra couple dollars, or getting less than Eli, he said afterward that he just wanted to get it done without any hassle.

Will Rivers ever have a run-in with the law? I doubt it. Name another QB in the league that drives a minivan because it's easy to buckle his kids in, or one that has been with his wife since seventh grade or even one that will not use foul language. You can't find one. When all of the other players are heading out to the club, Rivers is driving home to be with his family. That's exactly where I'd want my franchise quarterback to be.

By John Gennaro  |  August 31, 2009; 6:24 AM ET  | Category:  Indianapolis Colts , Peyton Manning , Philip Rivers , San Diego Chargers Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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