Rivers joined the Colts on a one-year, $25 million contract last March after 16 outstanding seasons with the Chargers, who reached the playoffs six times during that stretch and advanced to the AFC championship game after the 2007 season.
Rivers, 39, finishes his career ranked fifth all-time with 63,440 passing yards and 421 touchdown passes.
"He throws it the same way and anytime I try to tell him, he says, 'Dad, you throw it that way.' So I've left him alone also".
Rivers, a devout Catholic, said in a statement on Wednesday that there is a personal significance behind the date he chose to announce his retirement. "But that's always going to be there".
Rivers, an eight-time Pro Bowler, had the second-highest completion percentage of his career (68%) in 2020 while leading the Colts to an 11-5 mark and their second playoff appearance since 2015. I also enjoyed the banter.
"It was awesome", Rivers said of his career.
"Thanks to the fans in San Diego and around the nation that both cheered and booed". Thank you for being mine. Could not have done it without y'alls unwavering support.
What Rivers sees as divine direction came in the form of a trade that sent Eli Manning to the New York Giants after the Chargers had selected him first overall.
Rivers told The Union-Tribune that while the topic of retirement has been floated around in the past, this time around it felt "real". "So I want to coach my boys and I want to coach young boys down the road". Whatever God's will is for me and my family, if it's here in Indy playing another year then we'll be here, and if it's not, I'll be on the sidelines with a ballcap coaching the heck out of a high school football team down in south Alabama. "It's been growing. I can't wait". "But I think the actual motion kind of stays with what's most comfortable and muscle memory and how you get used to throwing it".