SAN DIEGO (The Sports Xchange) – Phillip Rivers passed Dan Fouts on Thursday to become the all-time passing-yards leader for the San Diego Chargers.
With a short flip to tight end Hunter Henry that turned into a 12-yard completion in the second quarter against the Denver Broncos, Rivers pushed his total to 43,047.
Fouts threw for 43,040 yards in his 15-year career, all spent with San Diego from 1973-86.
Rivers acknowledged the impending record by telling ESPN pregame, “I’m not going to lie, it means a lot. When you’re 25 or 26, you say, ‘I’ll look back one day and appreciate it.’ Now (at 34), you say, ‘What in the world? How did this happen?'”
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Rivers already owned several other Chargers records, including most passing touchdowns (293 including one to Henry in the first quarter Thursday) and completions (3,579 entering the night).
In 13 seasons, all with the Chargers, Rivers had a 93-72 record as a starter prior to Thursday. He had a 64.9 percent completion rate with 138 interceptions.