With the announcement Tuesday Morning that Philip Rivers was retiring from the NFL the debate began. The debate has been raging the last few years on whether Philip Rivers should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Should the Hall be just a place for quarterbacks that have won a Super Bowl or a championship? The answer is no. If, however, the Hall is for the best players in the game, then Philip Rivers should have a home in Canton.
Maybe a quarterback didn’t win a Super Bowl, but they did pass for 100,000 yards and threw for 1,000 touchdown passes. Some folks would say that quarterback should not be a member of The Hall of Fame.
That thinking is flawed and needs to change. How silly would it be to have as criteria to enter the Hall that every member needs to have a championship on their resume?
That’s ridiculous, But yet that is standard so many of us want to apply to quarterbacks. Somehow, many of us think that if a quarterback didn’t win a championship, they are not worthy of being inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Rivers played 17 seasons and did not miss a game. Incredible, considering the pounding that quarterbacks can take. Rivers started 240 consecutive games at quarterback spanning 15 seasons.
He is fourth all-time with 63,440 yards passing and fifth all-time with 421 touchdown passes. Rivers also ranks 12th all-time in passer rating.
Philip Rivers has led the league in touchdowns, passing yards, completion percentage, and passer rating. He has eight Pro Bowl appearances on his resume and has been named the Comeback Player of the Year.
Rivers has better numbers than these Hall of Famers. Joe Montana, Johnny Unitas, John Elway, Fran Tarkenton, Dan Marino, Steve Young, Bart Starr, Terry Bradshaw, and Kurt Warner.
Rivers has more passing yards than every Hall of Fame quarterback except for Brett Favre. Rivers also has more touchdown passes than any other Hall of Fame quarterback except for Brett Favre.
Should Rivers be denied entry to the Hall because he never won a Super Bowl, then you would need to consider removing Dan Marino, Dan Fouts, Fran Tarkenton, Jim Kelly, and Warren Moon. Rivers showed up every Sunday, played hard, and was consistent throughout his 17 years in the NFL.
The naysayers will say Rivers never won an MVP award. Rivers was never a first-team All-Pro, and of course, never won a Super Bowl.
Rivers will not be eligible for the Hall till 2026. A player has to be retired for five years to be considered for the Hall.
Should Drew Brees retire, he would be eligible in 2026. If Ben Roethlisberger retires, Rivers would compete with Brees and Roethlisberger to get into the Hall of Fame in 2026.
Rivers probably does not get in on the first ballot. Philip Rivers played in the era of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Brett Favre, Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers, and Peyton Manning.
When you isolate Philip River’s numbers, instead of continually comparing his numbers to those of his peers, his numbers speak for themselves. From a numbers standpoint, Philip Rivers is one of the best to play the game, and that’s why he will have a bust in Canton at the Pro Football Hall of Fame.