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PHILIP RIVERS

The Chargers' 34-year-old quarterback talks about balancing his large family with the demands of the NFL, why he didn't want to move to L.A., and when his sons might play tackle football.

MAGGIE GRAY:We don't see you very often making appearances. Why is that?

PHILIP RIVERS: I have eight children with my wife, Tiffany, back home [in San Diego]. I've got a lot going on at the house. [Laughs.] So I try to lead a pretty simple, low-key life for the most part. I don't have time to venture out too much.

MG:Are you guys done having kids?

PR: I hope not. Whatever God brings us. That's our approach.

MG:When it looked like it was a done deal that the Chargers were moving to L.A., what was that like?

PR: That was tough. It was hard to even think about it. We didn't go too far in planning for a move. Being in San Diego for 12 years now, that's hard. Some people got wide-eyed and took offense to some of my comments saying that I didn't want to go to L.A., but it was more about my family and our love for San Diego.

MG:You have two sons [Gunner, 8, and Peter, 4]. What's the right age for them to start playing tackle football?

PR: I didn't play until I was in seventh grade. My dad was a high school football coach [at Decatur (Ala.) High]. I was around his teams as his water boy and his ball boy before I started playing. I don't think I will go earlier than seventh grade [for my boys]. They play flag football. I think there are so many skills that you can learn from that without ever having to put on a helmet. I didn't play Pop Warner, but I didn't really feel behind. Thankfully I haven't been asked yet by my eight-year-old. He's happy with just flag right now.

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"I have eight children with my wife, Tiffany, back home. I've got a lot going on at the house."

—Philip Rivers

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