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
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.
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
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
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.
the bench for the Chargers, Philip had never missed a game, for any
reason, in his life.
his full name over Phil. In college, his teammates called him “Cheese”—short
for Philly cheese steak.
favorite band is OutKast.
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.