Chargers QB Philip Rivers makes emotional appearance at Hall of Champions dinner

SAN DIEGO - It was an emotional night at the San Diego Hall of Champions' Salute to the Champions dinner as Chargers quarterback Philp Rivers made an appearance and expressed his love for San Diego.

Rivers was at the event as former teammate Nick Hardwick was inducted into the Breitbard Hall of Fame. Women's basketball star Candice Wiggins was also inducted, as was the late Johnny Ritchey, who played for the San Diego Padres.

Rivers took the podium to address the audience and to thank them -- and all San Diego fans -- for their support.

"It really was special over the last decade. The only regret I have was not winning it all while we were here. That's something we always wanted to do and get done for this community and for our team. We didn't do that, but you can be rest assured that we gave it our all every week and fought like crazy for all of you. It really has been very special to be a San Diego Charger. I hope that you can always see me as that. I know it'll be different, but just know that I'll play like crazy and fight like crazy as a Los Angeles Charger, just like I did for you guys. I know [you all] can respect and understand that. I hope you also know that I will always be playing for San Diego as well."

Rivers added, "It really has been an honor to be the quarterback here over the last decade. I would have never handpicked San Diego; as an Alabama boy, I didn't really know where it was on a map. I'm forever thankful that I've been able to spend 13 years here and call it home."

Audio of Rivers' speech (XTRA 1360 podcast):


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