Tomlinson: New Team Will Rejuvenate Philip Rivers

It'll be strange to see Rivers in a different uniform, but a change of scenery could be good for his career, LaDainian Tomlinson says

Zach Gelb
January 30, 2020 - 10:30 am
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After 16 seasons, the Chargers have reportedly moved on from Philip Rivers, which means Rivers, who turned 38 in December, will be playing for another team this fall.

How strange will it be to see him in another uniform?

“It’ll be different, but most players go through this,” Pro Football Hall of Famer LaDainian Tomlinson said on The Zach Gelb Show. “Most players go through a transition where they go to another team, and sometimes it rejuvenates you when you think you’re at the end. Certainly it did for me when I went to the Jets. That first year with the Jets, I felt rejuvenated. I felt like I was a young man again, and I think the product on the field showed that. Even if this is it for him with the Chargers, I think if he goes somewhere else, he’ll be rejuvenated and we’ll still see that same quality of player that we’ve seen in the past.”

Tomlinson, who played with Rivers from 2004 to 2009, believes Rivers needs to play in balanced offense with a good offensive line, adding that Rivers – an eight-time Pro Bowler – can still be a top-16 quarterback in the NFL.

Whatever Rivers decides, LT is certain on one thing: Rivers will one day be in Canton.

“I do, absolutely,” Tomlinson said. “The consistency that he has displayed over the years and just the leader he has been – and the numbers say it. Obviously the one thing we point to for quarterbacks is the championships, and no, he doesn’t have that. But there are other quarterbacks with no championships in the Hall of Fame, so I think Philip Rivers will find himself in the Hall of Fame as well.”