JockBio Vital Stats
  • San Diego Chargers • Quarterback • #17
  • Height: 6' 5"
• Weight: 228 • Born: 12/8/81
  • Philip has worn number 17 since high school. His father wore the same number as a player.
  • When Philip joined NC State, Steve Rivers relocated to Raleigh, where he took a job as head coach of Wakefield High School.
  • In 2000, Philip broke Ben Bennett’s ACC freshman record for passing yards.
  • In 2003, Philip surpassed Donovan McNabb’s Division I record with his 50th consecutive start.
  • Philip’s number was retired by NC State prior to his final home game in 2003.
  • As a senior at NC State, Philip led the NCAA with a 72 percent completion rate and a QB rating of 170.5
  • Philip was named 2003 ACC Player of the Year.
  • Philip graduated as the NCAA’s second all-time passer with 13,484 yards, and fifth all-time with 95 TD passes.
  • Philip threw for five TDs in a game three times in college—against Indiana in 2000, Navy in 2001, and Kansas in the Tangerine Bowl, his last game for NC State.
  • Philip set an ACC record with seven career 400-yard games. He was also the first in ACC history to put up three 3,000-yard seasons.
  • In four college seasons, Philip was the MVP of three Tangerine Bowls, the Gator Bowl and the Senior Bowl.
  • The Chargers used the 2005 first-round pick acquired in the trade for Philip on Shawne Merriman.
  • One of Philip’s favorite receivers in college was Jerricho Cotchery, who was also drafted in 2004, by the New York Jets.
  • In 2006, Philip had the highest 4th-quarter passer rating in the NFL (116.6).
  • In 2007, Philip shared the Chargers’ Most Inspirational Player Award with Carlos Polk.
  • Philip’s 34 touchdown passes in 2008 broke Dan Fouts’s team record of 33 set in 1981. He also became the only San Diego quarterback besides Fouts to surpass 4,000 yards in a season. Philip and Drew Brees finished 2008 tied for the NFL lead in touchdown passes.
  • Philiip was voted NFL Player of the Month for December 2008.
  • Philip had three consecutive three-touchdown games in 2008.
  • Philip set a new team record with a 105.5 QB Rating in 2008.
  • Philip finished fourth in the 2008 balloting for Offensive Player of the Year.
  • Philip ranked third in the NFL in QB Rating in 2009.
  • Prior to 2009, Philip signed a six-year contract extension worth over $90 million. Slightly less than half that money was guaranteed.
  • The first NFL game Philip attended in his life was the 2004 season opener with the Chargers.
  • Before warming the bench for the Chargers, Philip had never missed a game, for any reason, in his life.
  • Philip prefers his full name over Phil. In college, his teammates called him “Cheese”—short for Philly cheese steak.
  • Philip’s favorite band is OutKast.
  • Philip graduated from NC State in December of 2003 with a degree in Business.
  • Philip and his wife, Tiffany, began dating in the 7th grade.
  • Before Philip proposed to Tiffany, he asked for permission from coach Chuck Amato.
  • Philip and Tiffany have three daughters, Halle, Caroline and Grace.
  • After his junior season at NC State, Philip took a summer job as a counselor at Peyton Manning’s Passing Academy. One of the other counselors was Ole Miss quarterback Eli Manning.
  • Philip is an excellent golfer. Had he not pursued football, he believes he would have tried to become a pro.
  • After the 2009 season, Philip and Tiffany had a daughter named Sarah. Philip was named to start the Pro Bowl for the AFC, but he did not make it to the game because he wanted to be present for Sarah’s birth.

 


 

 


Donvan McNabb,
2001 SI for Kids

 


Shawne Merriman,
2006 Bowman

 


Dan Fouts,
Black Book Partners archive

 


Eli Manning, 2006 SI for Kids



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