It takes Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers 160-minutes round trip to commute from his San Diego home to the team’s practice facilities in Orange County, but he doesn’t have any plans to relocate closer to the franchise any time soon.
In fact, Rivers told the San Diego Union-Tribune that commuting this season “went great.” The decision to stay in San Diego stems from wanting to keep his family life the same as he finds ways to balance his professional life.
“That’s the plan,” Rivers said. “It went better than expected. There were no hiccups. There’s no drawback to not doing it again as of today.”
Rivers, who has eight children ranging from age 2 to a high school freshman, joined the Chargers in 2004 when the team was in San Diego.
The Spanos family moved the team to the Los Angeles area in July, but Rivers has learned to make the most of his commute. After 13 years in San Diego, the Rivers family wasn’t ready to uproot its life just because the team moved.
The quarterback has a driver so that he can do NFL homework in the back of a $200,000 luxury SUV that most would only dream of.
— San Diego Union-Tribune (@sdut) September 5, 2017
“My two biggest things were my family time and my preparation and what I owe this football team,” Rivers said earlier this season. “I was not going to sacrifice either of them in any big proportion.
“I can look at all the pluses and minuses and say, ‘OK. This does it.’ This allows me to get home in the 6 to 7 hour, which is when I got home the last 11 years, and it allows me to watch all or more of the film I watched before.”