Football world reacts to retirement of Philip Rivers

Reaction from around the football world on the retirement of NFL quarterback Philip Rivers after a 17-year career.

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“One of the best I’ve ever been around at that position. I’d put him in the same category as all those elite quarterbacks. Extremely smart. I’m sure there’s a lot of defensive coordinators right now around the league breathing a sigh of relief with all respect to what Phil has been able to do, and just the quality of person he is off the field, even when you go against him. I had a chance to be around him at the Pro Bowl several years ago, and what a competitive guy, but also a high-character man and a guy with a great core.” — Buffalo Bills coach Sean McDermott

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“I’ll never forget lining up for a play and Phil pointing to one of our linebackers and telling him he was lined up wrong based off the blitz we were about to run and being 100% correct about it haha. One of the smartest I’ve ever played against and a hell of a competitor.” — Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt

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“Absolutely loved every single thing about Philip Rivers and his game. The leadership and toughness were at the absolute highest. Best QB I ever saw throwing with defenders right in his face. Love that dude-HOFer!!!!!” — Former NFL quarterback and ESPN college football analyst Dan Orlovsky

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“Always opinionated, never boring, with a love of football he’ll carry with him as a coach. Congrats on a great career Philip Rivers!” — NFL Films’ Twitter account

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“Congratulations on a great career to my brother Phil, you’ll go down as one of the best. I’ll be at your HOF speech.” — Former Chargers teammate Shawne Merriman

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“Phil was one of the best leaders I’ve ever been around. He made everybody around him better. When he was in the huddle, we always believed we would win. I’m proud to have been his teammate and even prouder to be his friend.” — Former North Carolina State center Jed Paulsen

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“Congrats to Philip on an outstanding career. It was fun to watch my fellow Qb from 2004 draft class compete these past 17 years. Enjoy the next phase.” — Two-time Super Bowl champion Eli Manning, whom the New York Giants acquired in a draft-day deal for Rivers

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“After 17 years for old #17 Philip Rivers is calling it a career.” — Former Colts punter Pat McAfee

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