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Chargers Philip Rivers endorses Rick Santorum

The San Diego Chargers quarterback, Philip Rivers decided to openly endorse GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum. The Santorum campaign announced Rivers' decision on Thursday in a public statement.

Philip Rivers at 2012 press conference for finalists of the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year award
Philip Rivers at 2012 press conference for finalists of the NFL's Walter Payton Man of the Year award
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"The Rick Santorum for President campaign is proud to announce that it has received the endorsement of All-Pro Quarterback and Decatur, Alabama native Philip Rivers."

Rivers, 30 has been the Chargers starting quarterback since the departure of Drew Brees in 2006. He was the fourth overall pick in the 2004 NFL draft from North Carolina State University. Player bio, here.

Rivers is a four-time pro-bowl selection who led his team to the 2007 AFC Championship Game. His NFL career passer rating is third best all-time among NFL quarterbacks and his ability to play through injuries and adversity is well known.

With the good fortune he has been blessed with, Philip Rivers formed a foundation with his wife Tiffany. The Rivers of Hope Foundation is dedicated to finding suitable homes for abandoned and orphaned children. The Rivers' are the parents of six children.

The Chargers QB was one of three finalists for the NFL's prestigious Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, losing to Matt Birk of the Baltimore Ravens. The award recognizes outstanding community service off of the field.

The 2011 NFL season was a tough one for the Chargers, who ended the campaign with an 8-8 record. They began by winning four of their first five contests and promptly lost six games in a row. It was a bit of a reversal of the Chargers' more typical pattern of losing early and rallying to make the playoffs with a string of wins.

In recent player signing news, the team announced today that it signed former Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Demorrio Williams to a one-year contract. Williams had been cut only days ago by the Chiefs. The Chargers' running back Mike Tolbert, who is a free agent has been rumored to be looking to sign elsewhere for the 2012 season.

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