The following comes from an April 22 Breitbart article by Daniel Leberfeld:
San Diego Chargers franchise quarterback Philip Rivers enters the final year of his contract.
The Chargers want to extend the deal. Rivers does not.
It’s not a money issue. It’s more of a Los Angeles issue.
The Chargers are considering a move to Carson, a Los Angeles suburb, and Rivers wants nothing to do with the possible relocation.
“Him not wanting to go to L.A. is very valid,” former teammate LaDainian Tomlinson said on the NFL Network earlier this week.
Rivers, a conservative Republican from Alabama who endorsed Rick Santorum during the 2012 primary process, isn’t an L.A. kind of guy. “I am supporting Rick Santorum for president because of his stance on issues that attack vital Christian values our country was founded upon: no abortion, upholding traditional marriage, defending religious freedom, no euthanasia,” Rivers declared in 2012. A devout Catholic and father of seven, Philips finds San Diego, one of the few right-leaning coastal areas in California, more his speed. For a man so devout he refrained from premarital sex, “La-La Land” just isn’t his cup of sweet tea.
“What we’ve established here with my growing family is hard to recreate,” Rivers told the San Diego Union-Tribune on March 16. “It’s hard to up and recreate that. I know that moves are part of life. But that certainly is fair to say that [not being sold on moving to Los Angeles] is part of it. The good thing is I’m not under contract in a year where we’d potentially be in Los Angeles.”
A talk about modern sports and idolatry: https://www.audiosancto.org/sermon/20140720-Modern-Sports-and-Idolatry.html
I agree 100% with your position! It seems to me that its greed by the owners that are driving this possible team move to a bigger market LA. Goes to show that business these days is more important to the owners than their sponsors (we the people of San Diego) loyalty. If the owners could care less about being loyal to San Diego for all of these 20+ years of Charger fans support, then why should Phil be loyal to the owners and give up his beautiful town and home to go live in the LA suburbs where the quality of life is far less? Pray to God that His will be done. Hopefully that means the Chargers stay in San Diego even if we have to build a new stadium to keep them. Happy to live in the same town and share the same Catholic faith as quarterback Phil!
I applaud Mr. Rivers putting the spiritual well being of his family above all else. The sinfulness evident in Los Angeles, however, permeates this whole state, including San Diego and it’s “Catholic” university. May God bless the Rivers family. I pray he will always be forthright in propagating and defending the Catholic faith. +JMJ+
Good for Phillip Rivers and Christian values; bad for Joe, my brother-in-law who is a season ticket holder with the San Diego Chargers.
It’s nice to read about a good Catholic family for a change.
A good example.
Thats right PETE. My husband and son met him at a Catholic mens conference. A very good Catholic.
I can’t understand why someone can’t be just as good a Catholic in Los Angeles. It’s even possible in places like San Francisco, Manhattan, and Washington DC. Good, solid, Christian living is a personal and a family thing, and it can be practiced anywhere.
True, but more difficult in a permissive, secular, relativistic areas where most the folks do not share your beliefs and values.
This is particularly important when raising children.
Life in Los Angeles can be very good for Catholics too. A young athlete should use his talents to the full.
Sounds like Rivers wants to preach to and “live” in the choir.
What is an “LA type of guy” anyway? Maybe a figment of the imagination of a “holier than thou” type of guy.
Thats a lie Charleo. Stop casting stones at a devout Catholic family man. I visit often Los Angeles and i dont blame him. Its much more liberal over there. So stop taking his personal sentiments out of contexts. With your comments i doubt you fight the good fight, you and the other trolls having a hay day.
Lol. NFL team play eight home games per season. Next year he’ll probably get traded to Florida and spend the season in a condo or hotel anyway. The average career length for a quarterback is 3.3 years. Very unlikely his career will last as long as the potential completion date on a stadium still in the proposal stage.
Nothing in this article says he doesn’t want to live in LA because it’s a bastion of liberalism. If he moved there, he’d be in a gated community in Newport Beach or Westlake Village, surrounded by Republicans and commuting almost as far as San Diego anyway.
Hugh, Catholics do not believe in fortune tellers. Take your fortune telling elsewhere.
I’ll believe the Chargers in Carson/LA when I see the finished stadium. One owner is proposing a single team stadium in Inglewood. Presumably that is to try to lure the Rams back. Apparently the Arch in St. Louis is no longer golden. The proposed Charger deal is a joint use stadium with the Raiders. Is the NFL going to permit THREE teams in the same geographical area?
The Chargers are trying to get the City and County of San Diego to pay approximately 50% of the cost of a new stadium. [The current one barely meets league seating minimums]. I say let the owners, ticket holders and TV networks pay for the Stadium 100%. In my opinion, there are higher priorities for taxpayer funds.
So, all said, I see it as unlikely Mr. Rivers will play professional football on a home team in LA County.
Well, we know now Hugh is not a football fan.
This coming year will be Rivers’ 11th year in the league, his ninth as a starter, and only players like Tom Brady and Brett Favre have been starters and in the league as starting quarterbacks longer than him. Rivers is an outstanding quarterback and has been often playing with a mediocre team and mediocre leadership at the coaching level for much of his past 10 years. There is no limit with him if he becomes a free agent. This isn’t a story like Michael Sam.
Definitely not a football fan.
I should have looked him up. Yep. He’s been with the Chargers since 2004, and his contract is up this year. That’s a long career for a quarterback. He must be good.
Even so, at 33, still unlikely he’ll be playing for the Chargers when and if they move to the a stadium in Carson, which is just a slightly absurd proposal at this point.
The stadium, btw, is exemplary of everything that’s wrong with the NFL. It’s not in anyone’s interest but the team owners and the NFL itself. It doesn’t even look viable, but appears to be more of an attempt to shop around the teams in order to externalize the cost of a stadium (this one is 1.7 billion) onto taxpayers… and most likely motivate Oakland and SD to do similar to keep them. Somehow the highly profitable and private NFL is able to extract large public subsidies.
The 49ers did the same a couple of years ago, and did actually leave. If you look at what Santa Clara offered in public money for the bragging rights to an NFL team, it’s no big loss for SF.
This article is plain silly, though. It postulates a thesis on pure speculation, and has zero relation to reality.