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Philip Rivers reacts to passing Dan Marino on all-time passing yardage list

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On Thursday, Indianapolis Colts star quarterback Philip Rivers achieved a tremendous personal accolade, as he passed the great Dan Marino in all-time passing yards. Rivers has now moved into fifth place on the prestigious list, and unsurprisingly, the 38-year-old was overjoyed with the accomplishment.

Rivers expressed how important this moment was for him, especially considering how Marino was a childhood hero of his:

“It’s special, it’s special,” Rivers said, via Jelani Scott of NFL.com. “Those guys up there on that list, I don’t know that I’m in their category and that’s OK, but Dan Marino was on my wall. He was a poster on my wall as a young boy in Decatur and Athens, Alabama, so it’s special.

“Thankful that I’ve been able to play long enough. Thankful that I’ve been healthy enough to play over 230 in a row now and watching Dan Marino, meeting Dan Marino at the Senior Bowl, playing against his teams, it’s all special. It’s all just special and thankful that here, at 38, I’m still getting out here and competing and playing the game I love.”

On Thursday, Rivers completed 29-of-39 passes for a 308-yard gain — his third 300-yard outing this season — while also adding one touchdown, as he helped the Colts to an impressive 34-17 win over the Titans. Minneapolis has now improved to 6-3, after logging their third win in four games.

Philip Rivers is not exactly one of the premier quarterbacks in the league today, but it goes without saying that his contributions to the sport are immeasurable.