AL.COM - Philip Rivers will be the football coach at St. Michael Catholic High School in Fairhope, Ala., pending his retirement from the NFL -- whenever that happens.
The news was announced at a 10 a.m. press conference at the school today. Athletic director Paul Knapstein will be the interim coach. Rivers will take over when his NFL career ends.
St. Michael Catholic High just couldn't wait until Christmas to open their presents! Philip Rivers was their gift and they weren't about to hold off until he's no longer with his current employer, the NFL, to make the announcement because news like that simply can't wait. After all, the $25 million deal he signed with the Indianapolis Colts two months ago was only for one year and what's a year, really?
“I think it is a one year at a time deal,” he said. “You get to 38 and play as long as I have … I’ve expressed publicly and the Colts have said too they hope it’s more than one year. But we take it one year at a time. I love playing. When that time does end, you will get the same passion and work ethic at this school and community that I’ve poured into my career.”
You remember the second semester of your senior year of high school? When you knew that part of your life was coming to an end so you were relishing every last moment with your friends by partying while you could still party together? When school didn't matter because your college applications were submitted along with your transcript so your spring grades were basically meaningless? Physically you were there, in high school, but mentally you were already in your dorm, free from rules and parents for the first time in your life. It was glorious.
Well, Philip Rivers has officially entered the spring semester of his senior year with an added bonus: he already knows he got into the school of his dreams.
“It’s a special day for me and my family really,” Rivers said. “I will probably get a little emotional. I had two childhood dreams. One was to play in the NFL, and I’m now going into my 17th season. The other was to be a high school football coach as my dad was. How blessed am I to be able to live both of those out!”
Honestly, it's a beautiful thing: his dad coached high school football, Rivers quarterbacked for him once upon a time, and now he gets to go back to the state where it all started and coach his sons one day.
Congratulations to Philip Rivers on coming full circle and making all his dreams come true.
But if you're a Colts fan, maybe say a little prayer for his senioritis…