The Drew Brees–Philip Rivers quarterback “rivalry” has spawned a second generation.
Brees shared a photo Tuesday of himself with his former Chargers teammate and their sons — who are now competing against one another in the same flag football league in the San Diego area, where Brees still spends his offseasons.
“Amazing how it comes full circle…Philip’s son and my boys playing against each other in flag football today. It was fun reminiscing!” Brees wrote.
Amazing how it comes full circle…Philip’s son and my boys playing against each other in flag… https://t.co/AT6IwstKBV
— Drew Brees (@drewbrees) March 22, 2017
Brees also shared a photo last week of his second son, Bowen, making a nifty sideline catch in his flag football debut.
Bowen’s 1st flag football game yesterday…high and tight, tightrope the sideline! So proud of him! https://t.co/ryrYDWBRcs
— Drew Brees (@drewbrees) March 18, 2017
Brees, 38, and his wife Brittany have four children. Rivers, 35, and his wife Tiffany have eight children. But they aren’t quite ready to pass the torch to that next generation just yet.
Both of them have been thriving ever since the Chargers formed one of the NFL’s all-time great quarterback duos/quarterback controversies when they acquired Rivers in a draft-day trade in 2004. Brees held off Rivers for two years before he suffered a major shoulder injury in the final game of the 2005 season and the Chargers let him go to the New Orleans Saints as a free agent.
The rest, as they say, has been historic.
Since the start of the 2006 season, Brees (53,763 yards) and Rivers (45,685) rank No. 1 and No. 2 among all NFL quarterbacks in passing yards and No. 1 and No. 3 in touchdown passes (385 for Brees, 313 for Rivers).
Brees ranks No. 3 in NFL history in both categories, and Rivers ranks in the top 12 all time in both categories.