Philip Rivers was born on December 8, 1981. Philip’s dad Steve was a greatly admired high school football coach, and his mom Joan was a teacher. They would have two more children, Stephen and Anna, but not until Philip was in his teens. Philip was drawn to basketball as an infant. He mastered dribbling at the age of two. A few years later, Philip’s parents began taking him to high school games, both basketball, and football. At halftime, he would stand in front of the pep band and pretend to conduct them. His dream was to be the star of the team and lead the music at intermission. The athletic ability Philip displayed came from his father. Steve had been a linebacker for Mississippi State in the 1970s. Philp’s competitive edge, meanwhile, came from Joan’s side of the family.



A number of football players don’t want to rival their shoe size?

But they well rival their height and weight and we can determine their shoe size with a standard measurement scale.

So Philip Rivers (the starting quarterback for the San Diego Chargers) is 6’5” and his weight is 228 pounds, he should be a size 15 in shoe size.

Some interesting information about Philip Rivers then and now a career, but Yes, we carry Ryan’s shoe size.

We go to a 20 in men’s length and 15 in women’s length as well.

Now if Philip needs a wider width?

We have up to 14 E widths in our line of shoes and that is in Men’s and Women’s as well.

Philip Rivers was born on December 8, 1981. Philip’s dad Steve was a greatly admired high school football coach, and his mom Joan was a teacher.

They would have two more children, Stephen and Anna, but not until Philip was in his teens.

Philip was drawn to basketball as an infant.

He mastered dribbling at the age of two.

A few years later, Philip’s parents began taking him to high school games, both basketball, and football.

At halftime, he would stand in front of the pep band and pretend to conduct them.

His dream was to be the star of the team and lead the music at intermission.

The athletic ability Philip displayed came from his father.

Steve had been a linebacker for Mississippi State in the 1970s.

Philp’s competitive edge, meanwhile, came from Joan’s side of the family.

Philip was a video game fiend who specialized in Intellivision NFL Football.

He would play for hours against his mother’s father, Bob Gunner until both of their fingers had turned black from the plastic controls.

When Joan watched Philip play real football, she would cheer his successes but also gently criticize his failures.

In the Gunner family, winning was the goal. If you made mistakes, you learned from them, then eliminated them.

In fifth grade, Philip was asked to create a poster that conveyed his ambitions. He handed in a Sports Illustrated cover with his face pasted on it. Steve and Joan believed their son had the talent to turn his dreams into reality. In fact, they were so sure that Philip would earn an athletic scholarship that they decided not to sock money away in a college fund.

And with good reason, thanks to Steve.

Philip was the quintessential coach’s kid.

By the age of 12, he had spent as much time on practice fields and in film rooms as many college quarterbacks.

He knew how to run an offense, and how to command a huddle.

He also had developed a weird, sidearm throwing motion.

Unlike other kids, who grew up tossing youth-sized footballs, Philip had been heaving around high school pigskins since he was little.

His slingshot style might have been highly unorthodox, but it was also effective.

Speaking of unorthodox, Philip was a big fan of Steve Young, the Pro Bowl quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers.

The lefty often relied on his vast physical gifts to improvise and make something out of nothing when a play broke down.

While Philip admittedly didn’t have Young’s speed or running ability, his bookish understanding of the game was very similar.

Although the local Pop Warner coaches were hungry to get Philip on their teams, his dad refused to let him play youth-league football.

Steve felt his son was learning far more about the game by watching high school practices.

Even so, Philip would organize neighborhood contests in his backyard.

These were not your ordinary pick-up games.

Philip chalked out hash marks and sidelines and used flexible pylons in the corners of the end zone.

The youngster had always been fascinated by well-manicured fields.

When the family took trips to Atlanta and went to Braves games, Philip would beg his parents to go early so he could watch the groundskeepers line the diamond and sweep the basepaths.

Philip’s first start in an official game came in the seventh grade, in 1994.

He would not see the bench again until he was an NFL rookie.

In 1996, the Rivers family moved to Athens—Decatur’s arch-enemy—and Philip enrolled at Athens High, where his father was hired to coach the varsity.

Philip became the starting QB on the freshman squad.

As a sophomore, Philip made the varsity, but Steve decided to play senior Grant Lauderdale.

Philip did earn the nod at linebacker, however, where he learned a ton from the other side of the line.

By season’s end, Philip was atop the depth chart at QB. A growth spurt sent him past six feet as a junior, and he soon began drawing the attention of scouts and recruiters from major college programs.

In his second year as the varsity starter, Philip completed 109 of 195 passes and doubled as the team’s free safety.

As Philip’s senior season unfolded, it became clear that he was the best prep passer in the state.

There was tremendous pressure to play college ball for the Crimson Tide, but Philip was thinking about expanding his horizons.

At Alabama, or Auburn for that matter, he would likely be compelled to switch positions.

He crossed those schools off his list.

The first college to seriously recruit Philip was North Carolina State.

Joe Pate, an assistant on Mike O’Cain’s Wolfpack staff, convinced the teenager and his parents to consider graduating from high school in December of 1999.

For Philip, the academic load was no problem. And if he arrived on the NC State campus early, he would be able he participate in spring practice.

What’s more, with the Wolfpack graduating four-year starter Jamie Barnette, the quarterback position was wide open.

This idea became even more intriguing when it was revealed that O’Cain would not be returning.

When Philip learned that Florida State assistant Chuck Amato would be the head coach—and Brigham Young quarterback guru Norm Chow would run the Wolfpack offense—he decided to go for it.

Philip enrolled in January and suited up for his first practice as a college quarterback that spring, hoping to impress the NC State coaches and get the inside track as the team’s quarterback.

On his first snap, he was humbled by the speed and size of the players around him.

The old openings were no longer there, and the pass rushers were on him a second or two quicker than in high school.

Philip spent the next three days wondering whether he would ever complete a pass.

When he finally settled down, he began to see new patterns emerge, and with them new opportunities.

Amato was not surprised to see his freshman struggle but was taken aback by the speed of Philip’s adjustment.

The Wolfpack coach was well aware of his team’s inexperience, lack of leadership, and porous offensive line.

He also recognized that there was not an NC State player who could have started for Florida State.

These deficiencies would normally preclude the consideration of an 18-year-old starting at quarterback.

But as the 2000 season approached, Amato had wrapped his mind around the idea of having Philip under center.

The freshman stood 6-5, tipped the scales at 225 pounds, and was mature beyond his years.

He grasped Amato’s offense as if he’d been running it for years.

The biggest question mark was Philip’s unusual throwing motion.

But he somehow got the ball to receivers where and when they needed it.

What really sold Amato on Philip was his toughness and leadership qualities.

The coach could sense that the Wolfpack players would follow the kid into battle.

When Philip fractured the index finger on his throwing hand, he literally had to be pulled off the field. Amato’s mind was made up.

The starting job was definitely his.

Philip led NC State to an 8–4 record as a freshman, including a win against Minnesota in the Tangerine Bowl (aka Micron PC Bowl).

Four of the Wolfpack’s victories were comebacks. In his debut, a 38-31 double-overtime win over Arkansas State, Philip directed a 74-yard game-tying drive as time expired.

A week later, he threw for 401 yards in a 41–38 nailbiter against Indiana.

The performance was highlighted by a clutch 47-yard strike to NFL-bound Koren Robinson with under a minute to go.

Against Duke, NC State trailed 31–28 late in the fourth quarter when Philip scampered into the end zone on a seven-yard

For the season, Philip passed for 3,054 yards and 25 touchdowns.

He broke a half-dozen school passing marks, was ACC Rookie of the Week a record eight times, and earned honors as the conference Freshman of the Year.

For the first time since Roman Gabriel ran the Wolfpack offense in the early 1960s, NC State had a bona fide All-American caliber quarterback.

In one season, Wolfpack football was back on the map.

Tickets at Carter Finley Stadium were hard to come by, the fans were buzzing, and kids were wearing red #17 jerseys all over the state.

Philip celebrated by tying the knot with his girlfriend, Tiffany Goodwin.

The couple began to talk about a pro career and starting a family.

As a sophomore, Philip went to the air a bit less often. Opponents had made him the focus of their defensive game plans.

Stopping the NC State passing attack was priority #1.

Still, Philip connected for 2,586 yards and 16 touchdowns. His 65.2 percent completion mark led the ACC.

The Wolfpack finished the 2001 campaign at 7–4 and made a return trip to the Tangerine Bowl.

Philip was brilliant against Pitt in a losing cause, garnering the game’s MVP award for the second year in a row.

After the season, Philip and Tiffany welcomed their first child into the world, a girl named Halle.

For any other Division I quarterback, the added distractions and responsibilities might have been too much. For Philip, being a dad was another fun challenge to take on.

In 2002, Philip led the Wolfpack to nine wins in their first 10 games—the best start in school history.

The season took a disappointing turn when they lost their final two ACC contests, but NC State still received an invitation to play against Notre Dame in the Gator Bowl.

Once again, Philip delivered an MVP performance, pacing the Wolfpack to a dominating 28-6 win over the Fighting Irish.

As a senior, Philip was simply magnificent. In 12 games, he threw for 4,491 yards and 34 touchdowns, capping his career as the most productive and durable quarterback in ACC history.

During his four years, he started 51 straight games and completed a conference record of 1,147 passes in 1,710 tries, with 95 TDs.

Philip went out with a flourish, leading the Wolfpack to a 56-26 win over Kansas in his third Tangerine Bowl.

In the victory, he threw for a career-high 475 yards and five touchdowns.

Philip earned his fourth straight bowl MVP award.

That spring he was also named ACC Athlete of the Year.

With his sights now set on the NFL, Philip selected Jimmy Sexton as his agent and began working out for interested teams.

The jury was out on his future as a pro.

Some scouts said he would continue to evolve into a first-rate passer.

Others were concerned that his big college numbers had been inflated by mediocre competition.

The experts projected him as a late first-round pick or an early second-rounder. The draft day proved them wrong.

Coming off a 4-12 campaign, the Chargers were intent upon using their first overall pick on a franchise quarterback.

The man they wanted was Eli Manning, but the Ole Miss passer didn’t feel the same way.

Plan B was Philip, whom San Diego head coach Marty Schottenheimer had gotten to know during the Senior Bowl a few months earlier.

Knowing Manning’s reluctance to play for them, the Chargers struck a prearranged deal with the Giants.

San Diego tabbed Manning, and New York, picking fourth, called Philip’s name.

The Giants immediately packaged him with their 2005 first-round and fifth-round picks for Manning and a 2004 third-rounder.

Sexton began negotiations with San Diego from a position of power.

Since Philip was the guy the Chargers wanted at the top of the draft, they should be willing to pay him as such.

This opened a chasm that took a long time to close, the result being that Philip missed the crucial first four weeks of training camp in 2004.

As the season started, he was on the bench with veteran Doug Flutie behind top gun Drew Brees.

Schottenheimer insisted Philip would not have won the starting job even if he had reported on time.

He preferred to allow Flutie to mentor the rookie on the sidelines.

Philip was inactive much of the season, barely playing as the team’s third-string passer.

He logged the second half of the final regular-season game against the Kansas City Chiefs and threw his first touchdown pass, to Malcolm Floyd.

He was not on the active roster for San Diego’s playoff loss to the New York Jets.

Although Philip technically was given a chance to beat out Brees in training camp in 2005, his second campaign was a replay of his first.

Brees started every game, and Philip was inactive most of the season. Once again, he saw time in the season finale, this time engineering a 10-play, 69-yard touchdown drives on his first series after Brees left the field with a torn labrum.

But a good start turned bad when he was intercepted, sacked three times, and fumbled in his own end zone.

Finally, in 2006, Philip got his chance. Brees, a free agent, signed with the New Orleans Saints, leaving the club in Philip’s hands.

For the third-year pro, the wait had been interminable.

Brees, to his credit, had at least made it tolerable.

The veteran had taken Philip under his wing and taught him a lot about what was expected of an NFL starter, both on and off the field.

And expectations were high.

The Chargers had assembled a very good team for the ’06 season.

If Philip failed, there would be howls from the San Diego fans.

Then his success went from average and now to stardom in the NFL with the San Diego Chargers.

Let’s talk about we consider extra wide widths for Men and Ladies.

2E 3E 4E 5E 6E 7E in men and ladies styles

Why is wiggle room so crucial in these widths?

In addition to our enormous selection of styles, sizes, and widths, DTF Footwear has carved out a unique niche in our industry, helping us stand out from our competitors and increase. 

Besides top-notch customer service, we take pride in supplying a superior product backed with proper fit insurance. 

Whether your foot ailments stem from an orthopedic nature or a therapeutic one, we have the right product for you. 

We value work built to last and modified to suit specific medical needs.

 From added support and stabilized balance to extra toe width and heel height, DTF covers it all without sacrificing style

We offer a 3 to 1 combination when women need a narrower width at the heel. 

We’re one of the few e-commerce businesses offering wide widths with extended bottoms and airflow heel systems

If you’re wearing an AFO and want more options in terms of style, we’ve considered your needs as well. 

 We’ve done our best to leave no stone unturned! 

In Conclusion,

More about this extended bottom concept:

(1) Why Bottom Extensions Are Important – YouTube

 Extended bottoms give you the fullest width and support, more than any other shoe company out there.  


For example, if you have a 6E width, you will have a 7E bottom for us.

No hangover dealing with the bottom of your feet: That means we give you width in the upper of the shoe and width dealing with the base (outsole) of the shoe.

Here is a view of more blogs dealing with extended bottoms:


2) 10 Tips On How To Keep Your Feet From Aching. How proper footwear that has widths, depth, orthopedic/therapeutic constructed last, substantial mid and heel section, extensions on the bottoms and more is needed/ – DTF – Designer Therapeutic Footwear

3) Does Wide Shoe Have to Be Ugly in Appearances? – DTF – Designer Therapeutic Footwear (

Thank you,

Ron Heinlein | President/Founder | Cell # 909-215-1622 |

Been in the footwear business for over 50 years and been trained by the best in the Therapeutic/Orthopedic world. Designer Therapeutic Footwear Co.Follow Us:| Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LinkedIn


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