Philip Rivers has returned to victory on the football field less than a year after taking his final NFL snap.
On Thursday night, Rivers, an eight-time Pro Bowl quarterback with the Chargers who retired last season after one season with the Colts, won his first game as head coach of St. Michael Catholic High School in Alabama.
The Cardinals thrashed McIntosh 49-0, giving Rivers his first win as head coach in his first game.
“It’s awesome,” Rivers told the Alabama Media Group’s Ben Thomas following the victory. “I’m enjoying the heck out of it.”
According to Maxpreps.com, it was St. Michael’s sixth varsity football win since its inception in 2016, after going 5-25 in the previous three seasons.
Rivers, who ranks seventh all-time in career throwing yards, recently made headlines when he hinted at a possible NFL comeback after the high school season.
For the time being, the high school season is just getting started, and the Cardinals are off to a good start. On Thursday, they’ll face Jackson at home in an attempt to give Rivers a 2-0 start.