San Diego's Rivers is Ready for 2009 Philip Rivers has never been a fun person for the Patriots to face. The feisty Chargers quarterback has always played New England — and the rest of the league — tough.

Since being drafted by the New York Giants with the fourth overall pick in the 2004 NFL draft, he was promptly traded to San Diego in exchange for Eli Manning. During three seasons as a starter, he has amassed a 33-15 record, 77 touchdowns, a Pro Bowl selection and a reputation as one of the league’s grittier quarterbacks. He did, after all, play through the 2007 postseason with a torn ACL.

NESN’s John Chandler caught up with the 27-year-old signal-caller when he was in town doing a photo shoot to honor the 50th anniversary of the NFL.

“I did actually get a decent workout in,” Rivers joked. “It was great. It was fun. I can’t wait to see how it comes out.”

After a chat about what it was like to take part in the photo shoot, Chandler and Rivers discussed football — and his legacy compared to that of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady.

“Those two guys you mentioned are at the very top, there’s no question about it,” Rivers said. “Obviously the championships between them — there’s a handful, that’s for sure. But I feel like the more I continue to get better and play at a high level, I can get up there and be mentioned with those guys … Certainly just to be mentioned with those guys and obviously competing against them in the playoffs the past couple years certainly helps.”

You can watch Chandler’s full interview with Rivers here: