Longtime San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers and current Indianapolis Colts QB Philip Rivers (pictured) told San Diego Union-Tribune writer Kevin Acee on Wednesday morning that he is retiring from the National Football League after 17 professional seasons.

The former 1st round draft pick out of North Carolina State played for the Chargers franchise for 16 of his 17 seasons in the NFL.  He led the Chargers to the AFC Championship game in 2007 (lost to the New England Patriots).

He ranks in the top 10 all-time in NFL history with over 63,000 yards passed and over 400 touchdown passes thrown.

He told the Union-Tribune that "It's just time" to move on from football.  And he says he's looking forward to coaching high school football in Alabama.

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