Former North Carolina State Wolfpack players Philip Rivers and Jerricho Cotchery will be on opposite sides of the field when the San Diego Chargers and the New York Jets meet in the playoffs on Sunday. While they were at State Cotchery was Rivers’ “go-to guy”, he caught 21 of Rivers’ 95 career touchdown passes. The two still talk on a regular basis, but Cotchery will have more on his mind than just beating the Chargers and Phillip Rivers on Sunday. They were high school rivals growing up in Alabama and Cotchery still remembers a certain playoff meeting.
“It is a little weird, because we’re very familiar with each other and the chemistry we had at N.C. State was unbelievable,” Cotchery said yesterday.
“I still owe him from high school, though, because he knocked me out in the second round of the playoffs my senior year, and that still hurts. I still remember that and I’m sure he still remembers that as well. I’m trying to get some payback for that.”
Indeed, Rivers’ Athens High defeated Cotchery’s Phillips High in football. Rivers, who played quarterback and safety, actually picked off a pass intended for Cotchery in that game.
Unfortunately for Cotchery, I see Rivers team getting the best of his team again this weekend.