Philip Rivers won't have to look for a new job when his NFL career comes to an end.
On Friday, Rivers accepted the head coaching position at St. Michael Catholic High School in Fairhope, Alabama, pending his future retirement from the NFL. The school's athletic director will serve as interim football coach until Rivers is ready to fill the role, according to Ben Thomas of Alabama.com.
Rivers, who earlier this offseason signed a one-year, $25 million deal with the Colts, explained his decision to get into coaching as soon as his NFL career comes to an end. Rivers said that he felt an "instant connection" with the school after conducting football clinics there each of the past two summers.
"My dad was my high school football coach, so I want to coach my boys and I want to coach young boys down the road, so I do know what's next when my playing time's over, so we did talk about it a little bit," said Rivers, who, under his father's tutelage, was an Alabama All-State quarterback at Athens High School in 1999. "I think really where we settled in was: I still love to play. Certainly not coming off my best year, but in a year where I still know I can play at a high level. I did it in spurts. I just didn't do it consistently enough.
"And I love it, and, shoot, it was one of those deals where we said, 'Well, if there's nothing else out there, then that'll be our answer.' We kind of said, 'Whatever God wants, so if there's nothing out there, I don't want to just try to hang on to play. If nothing's out there, shoot, we'll start coaching.'"
JUST IN: Current @Colts starting QB Philip Rivers is expected to be announced as the head football coach of @BCCatholicHS. Rivers will take leadership of the young program in 2021 after his final season playing in the @NFL. Watch on @mynbc15 pic.twitter.com/8hMRQ6iYmp— Colin Cahill (@colincahill13) May 8, 2020
Before delving into his new career, Rivers will look to end his decorated career as an NFL quarterback on a high note. A year after leading the Chargers to the second round of the playoffs, Rivers endured a rocky season in 2019, throwing 20 interceptions that contributed to Los Angeles winning just five games. The Chargers ultimately decided to part ways with Rivers, selecting his future replacement, former Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert, with the sixth pick in the 2020 NFL draft.
In Indianapolis, Rivers will be reunited with Frank Reich, who was his quarterback coach for one year and offensive coordinator for two more seasons with the Chargers from 2013-15. Like Rivers, the Colts are also coming off a disappointing 2019 season, as Indianapolis went 7-9 a year after advancing to the second round of the postseason.
Rivers signed a one-year deal with the Colts, but said soon after signing with the team that his career may not end after that.
"I'm taking it one year at a time," Rivers said at his introductory news conference. "I feel great. If I feel like I feel right now next year, then I'll be excited to keep going, again, depending on how the team feels about that."