Rivera was a dominating high school presence who played multiple positions at San Antonio’s Jefferson High School. He was a two-time all-district linebacker and tight end and helped lead his team to a district co-championship in 1978. During his high school career, Rivera earned 12 varsity letters in football, basketball, baseball and track. He was also selected to PARADE MAGAZINE’s All-America team. At Texas Tech, Rivera started in his last 40 games and amassed 321 career tackles from 1979-82. “Senor Sack” became the Red Raiders’ 10th all-America selection after a brilliant senior campaign where he led the team in tackles from his noseguard / defensive tackle positions. That season he was also made the All-SWC team, was named the SWC’s Defensive Player of the Year by the AP and was chosen to play in the Blue/Gray All-Star Game. Rivera was the 21st overall selection in the 1983 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers. His promising football career was cut short by an automobile accident in 1983. 

Gabe Rivera

  • 2007