(SAN DIEGO) - After yesterday's AFC Championship game loss to the New England Patriots, the San Diego Chargers were calling former Athens High School star Philip Rivers' performance as heroic --and for good reason.
Rivers said the only way he was going to have a chance to play in the title game was to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, which he did last week.
The Athens, Alabama, native says the knee is so badly injured that he faces more surgery on the anterior cruciate ligament. Rivers says he'd like to have surgery as soon as possible on the torn ACL.
Meanwhile, his teammates are lauding him for his gutsy play.
Rivers vows to be ready to play by training camp.
The Chargers lost in the AFC Championship Game, Sunday, to undefeated New England, 21-12, also without star running back LaDanian Tomlinson, who went to the sidelines after two carries.