Philip Rivers: 10 Questions for the Chargers QB

Ryan BalkeContributor IMay 13, 2009

SAN DIEGO - JANUARY 03:  Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers drops back to pass against the Indianapolis Colts during their AFC Wild Card Game on January 3, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Colts 23-17 in overtime. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Few quarterbacks have taken the route Philip Rivers has in becoming an elite NFL quarterback.

Drafted fourth overall by the Giants, Rivers spent about an hour as Giants property before being shipped off to the Chargers for Eli Manning. After sitting for two years behind Pro Bowler Drew Brees, Rivers has quickly ascended the ranks of NFL quarterbacks in his three years under center.

Here's a few questions I'd like to ask No. 17, given the opportunity:

1. You grew up in Alabama, one of the most football-crazy states there are. How did growing up in 'Bama get you hooked on football? Did you cheer for Alabama or Auburn?

2. What quarterbacks did you grow up admiring and what traits did you try and take from them?

3. How did your time at N.C. State shape you into the person you are today? Do you still keep in touch with guys like Jerricho Cotchery from N.C. State?

4. How do the philosophies of Cam Cameron and Norv Turner compare? What's the biggest thing Coach Turner has taught you in your two years under him?

5. Much has been made about your "rivalry" with Jay Cutler? Are you the slightest bit disappointed he's now out of the AFC West?

6. You've developed a nice rapport with Vincent Jackson. What are some things you've done during practice and in the offseason to help improve this chemistry?

7. Who's an "under the radar" player Chargers fans need to be on the lookout for in 2009?

8. Who's the nastiest defensive player you've ever faced?

9. What can the Chargers do to avoid the slow starts that have plagued them the last two seasons?

10. Do you feel added pressure knowing two other quarterbacks in the Class of '04 already have Super Bowl rings?