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Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers endorses Rick Santorum

VERONA, Pa. -- San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has lent his support to the presidential campaign of Rick Santorum, who proudly wears his homophobia during debates, speeches and public appearances.

Rivers, an Alabama native and four-time Pro Bowl pick, said in a statement that he agrees with many of the Republican presidential candidate's views on social and fiscal issues:

"I am supporting Rick Santorum for President because of his stance on issues that attack vital Christian values our country was founded upon: no abortion, upholding traditional marriage, defending religious freedom, no euthanasia. Rick Santorum will also fight to create jobs and expand opportunities for all Americans. I am proud to endorse Senator Santorum and do what I can to help him secure the Republican nomination for President of the United States."

Rivers was drafted from North Carolina State University, and lead the Chargers to their 2007 AFC Championship Game. The quarterback and his wife Tiffany have six children and founded the Rivers of Hope Foundation to help abandoned and orphaned children find homes.

USA Today reports that Rivers' support of Santorum parts from his boss, Chargers owner Alex Spanos, who has contributed to Rick Perry's campaign.