Chiefs’ Tyrann Mathieu reveals what he’ll miss about facing Chargers legend Philip Rivers
Kansas City Chiefs star safety Tyrann Mathieu will no longer have the opportunity to play against Philip Rivers twice a year.
Mathieu explained he will miss Rivers’ trash talk. The All-Pro recounted one particular story in which Rivers chided Mathieu and Chiefs edge-rusher Frank Clark (via Gavino Borquez of USA TODAY):
“I think they were on the 10-yard line,” Mathieu said. “They were like going in the end zone, and Rivers, he’s not in the huddle, but he’s kind of standing off to the side. He’s looking at me and Frank Clark, and he’s like, ‘Hey, Frank Clark! Hey 32! They gave you all all that money, when are you guys going to make a play?’”
For all the smack talk, however, Mathieu revealed he has nothing but respect for Rivers, whom he called one of the funniest players in football (via Borquez):
“I’m going to miss him,” Mathieu said. “He’s just so funny man, and he means no harm and you know that, but somehow he still finds a way to get under your skin. He’s a good guy man, at heart. He’s pretty hilarious on the field. Especially since he doesn’t use any foul words.”
While Mathieu might not see as much of Rivers during the regular season, he could see him come playoff time.
The Chiefs return nearly all of their Super Bowl starters for the 2020 season, while the Colts hope Rivers is the quarterback they need to reestablish contender status in the AFC.