Colts fans should celebrate QB Philip Rivers’ birthday with this highlight montage of him mic’d up on the sidelines.
Does anybody feel as though the Indianapolis Colts are the least discussed elite team in the NFL this season? That probably has something to do with the fact that they play sound defense and their offense — led by an aging quarterback — is the opposite of frenetic, but that doesn’t make it any less disrespectful.
We’ll never be able to change fans’ obsession with dynamic gunslingers and high-powered offenses and that’s fine. However, we also can’t sit back and pretend like Philip Rivers doesn’t deserve praise for the campaign he’s put together in 2020.
Rivers has flipped his own narrative following a disastrous start to the season when media members were questioning if he’d finish the year as the starter, throwing just three interceptions over the last six weeks after throwing six in the opening six games. Well, what better time to commend the eight-time Pro Bowler’s sensational turnaround than his 39th birthday?
That’s right, Colts fans: Rivers is officially one year closer to the age-40 milestone and it’s only fitting that we celebrate his big day by watching this highlight montage of him unleashing some priceless trash talk earlier in the season.
Having players mic’d up during games is a longstanding tradition of the NFL, and we wouldn’t hesitate in asserting that Rivers is the most entertaining player to have had that honor, for lack of a better term, bestowed upon him through the years.
The fact that this video starts off by him laying into Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who was fired this week after the team’s latest meltdown, for having more than 11 men on the field is perfectly ironic.
From chastising running back Jonathan Taylor for trying to juke out a defender instead of steamrolling him, to claiming that a defender wasn’t even close to picking off a pass, and refusing to curse — see his hilarious “dagummit” and “that aggravates the stew out of me” quotes — Rivers is the walking definition of an icon.
Even his teammates are in on the fun!
In all seriousness, we wish nothing but the best for Rivers on his 39th birthday even though all of his attention is undoubtedly focused on Las Vegas, where the Colts will travel on Sunday for a road matchup with massive playoff implications.