Just days after quarterback Philip Rivers agreed to a four-year, $83.25 million contract, former NC State star and current Carolina Panthers wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery joined The David Glenn Show to talk about his old college teammate. Cotchery and Rivers played against one another at the high school level before becoming one of the ACC’s best quarterback-receiver tandems from 2000-03.
Cotchery said that he could tell early on that Rivers was going to be a special player.
“From the time we were able to play against each other in high school, he was always an accurate guy,” the wideout said. “He was always a guy that led his team well, and you could even see it on the basketball court.”
Both Cotchery and Rivers were selected in the 2004 NFL Draft. While some scouts had concerns about the signal-caller’s throwing motion coming out of college, Cotchery stated that Rivers’ success hasn’t caught him off guard.
“He’s always been that type of guy,” Cotchery said. “He’s always been a winner, a guy with a great work ethic that brings the best out of his teammates. All of the success that he’s had is no surprise to me at all.”
During the conversation, the Panthers receiver discussed his family and former Florida State wideout Kelvin Benjamin’s growth as a leader. Click below to hear the full interview: