JJ Watt Shares Incredible Story About Philip Rivers

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Philip Rivers has decided to hang his pads up after a successful 17-year career in the NFL. That decision has led to reflection from not only Rivers, but other players as well. One of those players is All-Pro defensive lineman JJ Watt.

The longtime Houston Texan took to Twitter to share a story about Rivers and what made him a special talent in the league.

“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.”

Imagine knowing defenses so well that you understand what a defender is trying to do better than he does. Then imagine being that linebacker and realizing you were in checkmate before the ball was even snapped.

That’s Philip Rivers for you. He was great at trash talking, even if it was clean. But he’s been an even better quarterback — and person.

The NC State product finishes his NFL career with 63,440 yards, 421 passing touchdowns and 209 interceptions. The passing yardage sits at No. 5 all time, and so does the passing touchdowns. Impressive numbers for an impressive guy.

Good luck in retirement, Philip! From one Athens, Ala. native to another.

Follow Clint Lamb on Twitter @ClintRLamb.

Written by Clint Lamb

Clint Lamb is a College Football Writer for OutKick. Managing Editor for Roll Tide Wire. Sports radio host for The Bullpen on 730/103.9 The UMP. Co-host for The 'Bama Beat podcast through The Tuscaloosa News and TideSports.com.


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  1. Philip was just having fun with the situation, he knew the protection was in place so no sack was coming. As JJ points out, Philip knew as much about what you were going to do as you did, sometimes more. The league is going to miss guys like him.

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