Whether it is raising eight children or commuting to Los Angeles from San Diego, Philip Rivers and wife Tiffany Rivers are not afraid to live unconventionally. Philip and TIffany have six daughters and two sons: Halle, Rebecca, Peter, Gunner, Sarah, Grace, Caroline and Clare.
Philip credits his wife’s support for allowing them to have eight children despite his busy schedule as an NFL quarterback. The couple has been married since their college days at NC State.
“Tiffany . . . just embraces her role,” Philip explained to Celebrate Life Magazine. “She loves being a mom. Our family and our marriage are built on our faith—raising our kids in the faith and seeing them grow. We’re very close-knit. We’re homeschooling. . . . Staying true to the teachings of the Church, from the no-contraception standpoint, has really been the biggest blessing in our marriage.”
Learn more about Philip’s wife and the couple’s eight children.
1. Philip & Tiffany Have 8 Children
Even when he is not running the Chargers offense, Philip stays busy with the couple’s eight children. Philip noted that what he has learned in his more than a decade as a father is that every moment matters to his children.
“Whether it be a math test, a homework assignment, or just shooting baskets,” Philip told Uproxx.com. “Everything matters. If you’re going to do it, and you’re going to shoot three-pointers today, then try to make all of them. The biggest thing I’ve learned as a dad is that kids want our time, more than anything. Sometimes the time is limited, and that’s just what it is. We have days, long weekends, but even if it’s just 10 minutes one day, if you really give them that 10 minutes, that’s the most valuable thing we can give them.”
2. The Rivers Family Still Lives in San Diego & Philip Commutes to Los Angeles in a $200,000 Luxury SUV
The Chargers may have a new home in Los Angeles, but the Rivers family decided to stay put in San Diego. This means Philip has quite a commute each day from San Diego to Los Angeles. Philip invested in a $200,000 luxury SUV as well as a driver to make the commute work. Philip often spends the car rides watching film.
“My two biggest things were my family time and my preparation and what I owe this football team,” Philip explained to the San Diego Union Tribune. “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.”
Philip and Tiffany considered moving but noted nothing felt quite right compared to their current living situation.
“Every time we started driving back home,” Philip told The San Diego Tribune. “It was like, ‘Gosh!’ We had the feeling of ‘Ohhhh.’ … You look around (when house hunting) and you kind of get excited. You know, ‘That’s a neat neighborhood.’ Then we’d be driving home and we’d get to about Carlsbad and say, ‘Gosh! I feel like we’re going home.’ It just felt that way.“
3. Philip Wants to Have More Kids
Having eight children may seem like a lot of responsibility, but the couple is open to having more children. Philip admitted he would like for the couple to keep having kids. Philip spoke about the couple’s thought process in an interview with Dan Patrick per CBS Sports.
“No. Heck no [done having kids],” Rivers said (note that this man still isn’t cursing after eight children). “I hope not.”
The 36-year-old quarterback added that his wife, Tiffany, is OK with that.
“Oh yeah, she’s all-in,” he said.
According to CBS Sports, the Rivers’ children range from ages 2 to 16 keeping the couple very busy.
4. The Couple Got Married When Philip Was 19 Years Old & Playing College Football at NC State
According to CBN, the couple has known each other since middle school. Philip and Tiffany got married when the quarterback was 19 years old and attending NC State. Philip cited his Catholic faith and desire to refrain from having sex until they were married as a reason for their early marriage.
“Remaining pure, being chaste, was very important to us,” Philip said per the Christian Post. “Obviously there wouldn’t be many other reasons to get married at that point. I didn’t have a penny to my name.”
5. Tiffany Converted to Catholicism the Day Before Their Wedding
Unlike Philip, Tiffany did not grow up Catholic. In an interview with Life Teen, Philip noted that Tiffany became Catholic on the eve of their wedding.
“My wife had a lot to do with it, she’s a convert and she actually became Catholic the day before we got married,” Philip told Life Teen. “There’s so many gifts from the Faith to appreciate and it strikes people differently, but the one-ness of the Church wherever you are, Raleigh, San Diego, Alabama. Every place we were was home because the Catholic Church is the same everywhere. When we went to Mass that first Sunday after moving to a new place, that was where we felt at home and were able to say “well, home is anywhere, it doesn’t matter where we live because we have the Faith.”
The couple started the Rivers of Hope Foundation in 2009 to help orphaned children find permanent homes. The Rivers released a statement in 2013 announcing they were shutting the organization down.
“Tiffany and I are honored to be involved in bringing hope and awareness to the plight of foster children in San Diego County,” Philip said per CBS San Diego. “But now we want to broaden our focus and take a behind-the-scenes approach to helping children.”
Source: Heavy Sports