NFL Wife Tif­fany Rivers Pre­pares for Ninth Child And New Swimwear La­bel

The spouse of Charg­ers QB Philip Rivers is gear­ing up for the launch of Her­moza swimwear and the birth of their baby in March.

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NFL fans may know Philip Rivers as a mer­cu­rial player, but his wife, Tif­fany, de­scribed him as a more easy­go­ing, spir­ited kind of guy.

His Los An­ge­les Charg­ers team­mates and on-the-field op­po­nents may think oth­er­wise. His wife al­lowed that Rivers’ com­pet­i­tive streak was even ev­i­dent in el­e­men­tary school, when the girls would race the boys up a mag­no­lia tree in their Alabama town. “He was just very ath­letic. When he was on the field, he was on the field and it was game on. Off-the-field, he’s just su­per light­hearted and fun. He really hasn’t changed much at all, which is kind of neat.”

While the 37-year-old quar­ter­back read­ies to face the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots Sun­day in a di­vi­sional-round matchup, his wife has her own dead­lines: The cou­ple’s ninth child is due March 1 and the launch of Her­moza swimwear is planned for that same month.

While the foot­ball pro has been a sound­ing board for his wife and her busi­ness part­ner Marisa De Lecce, “Right now he is to­tally in the thick of foot­ball. But we’ve talked a lot about the whole busi­ness and ev­ery­thing that goes along with that. He’s ex­cited about it,” she said, adding that a while back he of­fered his opin­ion about a few print op­tions. “We def­i­nitely don’t put ev­ery­thing into what he says. But if we’re stuck on some­thing, we’ll ask him. He has really good ad­vice.”

As for whether the quar­ter­back is con­fi­dent about Sun­day’s show­down in Foxboro, Mass., Rivers said dur­ing a phone in­ter­view from her Cal­i­for­nia home, “Oh yes, yes, yes. He’s very ex­cited. Every­body in this house is just over-the-moon ex­cited. We’re al­ready fo­cused on next Sun­day and are try­ing to fig­ure out if we’re go­ing to the game as a whole fam­ily. There is a snow­storm com­ing so that is a lit­tle bit crazy. Ei­ther way we’ll be cheer­ing him on.”

Asked if there is a lot of con­ver­sa­tion about the Pa­tri­ots’ quar­ter­back Tom Brady, Rivers said, “Not really. Phillip doesn’t really know him too much per­son­ally, so we haven’t really talked too much about him. He’s a great quar­ter­back so I’m sure that’s def­i­nitely in Phillip’s mind a lit­tle bit — the com­pe­ti­tion and ev­ery­thing. They’re friendly.”

Weeks away from their own fam­ily’s new­est ad­di­tion, Tif­fany Rivers said her hus­band has been jok­ing that they are hav­ing twins. The re­al­ity is their ninth child will be a daugh­ter — the cou­ple’s sev­enth. They also have two sons. “This is the third gen­er­a­tion in Phillip’s fam­ily, who has seven girls and two boys so we were pretty ex­cited about that. When we told his 91-year-old grand­fa­ther, he said, ‘You didn’t have to go to the doc­tor to find that out. I could have told you — that’s fam­ily his­tory.’”

Be­fore their friend­ship turned into a busi­ness, Rivers and De Lecce used to com­mis­er­ate about the lack of func­tional, mod­est swimwear.

Re­tail­ing be­tween $150 and $200, the Her­moza line will con­sist mainly of one-piece suits with some tank­i­nis, all in three fab­ric op­tions cat­e­go­rized as Move­ment, Shape and Sculpt. The UV-pro­tec­tive, eco-friendly fab­rics will in­clude one made from refuse from the Mediter­ranean Sea. Their plan is to “really en­hance the dig­nity of who you are as a woman in­stead of overly sex­u­al­iz­ing you. What we also hold dear to our hearts is show­ing the beauty of a woman, look­ing at her and not just ob­jec­ti­fy­ing her and see­ing parts of her,” De Lecce said.

Phil Rivers on the field and withhis wife, Tif­fany.

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