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Gabe Rivera

Defensive Tackle

Adrian Gabriel Rivera

Inducted 2012

Date of Birth



Crystal City, TX


Texas Tech University (1979-1982)


Gabe "Señor Sack" Rivera was recognized as a consensus first-team All-America in 1983. Rivera averaged 80 tackles per season from his defensive tackle spot. He compiled 62 solo tackles, 43 assists, ten tackles for loss, five sacks, 25 quarterback pressures and eight pass breakups during his All-America campaign in 1982. He was named an honorable mention All-America in 1980 and 1981, and earned first-team All-Southwest Conference honors in 1982 and second-team All-Southwest Conference accolades in 1981. The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Rivera in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft. He has volunteered as a tutor with Inner City Development in San Antonio, and he has worked with Gridiron Heroes, a nonprofit that aids high school football players that have suffered spinal cord injuries.


Height 6'2

Weight 270

Career Highlights

  • 1982 All-Conference
  • 1982 Consensus All-America
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