Tim Tebow watch: Philip Rivers chimes in

SAN DIEGO -- Like the rest of the free world, count Philip Rivers among those interested in the Tim Tebow phenomenon.

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“He looked pretty good to me in the college games I saw,” Rivers said of the former Florida star. “He seems like he’s a pretty good player to me.”

Rivers admits he is interested in Tebow because Tebow is criticized for his throwing motion. The same criticism was levied against Rivers when he came out of North Carolina State in 2004.

Six years later, Rivers is one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL.

“I’m not going to discount a guy because his throwing motion, I know a thing or two about that critique,” Rivers said. “My advice to him is listen to his coaches, do what it takes, but still be the same player you were always. Just keep trying to improve.”

Rivers and Tebow share the same agent. Rivers has had one phone conversation with Tebow, but the two have never met.

“He seems like a great kid,” Rivers said. “He seems as advertised … He’s going to fun for everyone to follow.”

Unlike his rivalry with former Denver quarterback Jay Cutler, don't expect Rivers and Tebow to become an AFC West sideshow.