When the San Diego Chargers surprisingly announced they’d be leaving the city they’d called home for 55 years and relocate the franchise to Los Angeles, it left some team staffers and players with a difficult decision.
Unlike the Rams move from St. Louis to L.A. or the Raiders upcoming move from Oakland to Las Vegas, the Chargers’ new practice facility in Costa Mesa, California is only about 80 miles north of their old digs in San Diego – a long commute, but certainly commutable.
Especially if you have the means to make that commute both luxurious and efficient.
Chargers franchise quarterback Philip Rivers has done just that. Rivers and his wife, Tiffany, decided not to uproot their family (they have eight children, ranging in age from 2 years old to high school freshman), for at least the Chargers’ first year in Los Angeles, with Rivers deciding to see how he could handle the ride.
Enter his man cave on wheels.
In a story by the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Kevin Acee, we learn that Rivers has invested in a custom SUV – a rolling film room, if you will – that will make his drive to and from work productive.
Rivers’ custom ride features plenty of room for his 6-foot-5 frame (and a guest – backup Kellen Clemens rides with Rivers, as they did before the team moved), a 40-inch television screen, Wi-Fi and a satellite. You can have the same for about $200,000, plus the cost of a driver.
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According to Rivers, it’s the “best QB room I’ve ever been in.”
“My two biggest things were my family time and my preparation and what I owe this football team,” Rivers said. “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.”
He acknowledged that if he were younger, he and Tiffany would have moved the family. But as Rivers, who will turn 36 in December, noted, he’s on the back stretch of his career; his current contract only runs for three more years.
Rivers’ plan is to be able to help pick his kids up from school on Fridays when the Chargers have a home game. The best of both worlds.
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