Morning Links: Philip Rivers earns honor

January, 18, 2014
Jan 18
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The Pro Football Writers of America voted San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers the NFL’s comeback player of the year.

After throwing a combined 48 interceptions in three seasons heading into 2013, Rivers had a career-high and NFL-leading 69.5 percent completion percentage. He threw for 4,478 yards, 32 touchdowns and only 11 interceptions.

The 32 touchdowns were Rivers’ second-highest total in a season, and the 4,478 passing yards were the third highest of his career. He set a club record with 378 completions and tied the club record for passer rating with 105.5.

During San Diego’s season-closing four-game win streak, Rivers was 74-for-110 passing (67.3 completion percentage) for 845 yards, nine touchdowns, two interceptions and a 142.6 passer rating.

Rivers joins a list of previous award winners dating back to 1992 that includes Randall Cunningham (1992), Dan Marino (1994), Garrison Hearst (2001), Chad Pennington (2006), Michael Vick (2010) and last year’s winner Adrian Peterson.

Darren Smith of The Mighty 1090 AM Radio talks with Rivers about the award in this audio link.

In this ESPN Insider pieceInsider, Steve Muench of Scouts Inc. takes a closer look at some standouts from this week’s practices leading up to Saturday’s East-West Shrine game.

Ricky Henne of Chargers.com takes a look at some of the top statistics from San Diego’s 2013 season, along with some video highlights of the Chargers' surprising playoff run.

Chargers safety Eric Weddle tells Peter Schrager of Fox Sports that all of his teammates planned on wearing bolo ties to honor Rivers if San Diego made the Super Bowl.

Eric D. Williams

ESPN San Diego Chargers reporter

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