Philip Rivers was a record-setting quarterback at North Carolina State, who has now gone on to be a successful NFL QB with the San Diego Chargers. But at one time, he was the quarterback for Athens High School in Alabama.
So why didn’t Rivers stay in-state to play for either Alabama or Auburn?
According to Mark Inabinett of AL.com, the reason was Rivers wanted to get on the field as quickly as possible.
“Auburn actually recruited him pretty hard,” Steve Rivers, Philips’s father, told Inabinett.
While Rivers didn’t play for the Tigers or Crimson Tide, his football career has still turned out nicely. But it certainly could have been a boost for one of the programs back in the early 2000s.
In Rivers’ senior year in 2003, Alabama mostly had Brodie Croyle at quarterback, while Auburn went with Jason Campbell.