Former Steelers DT Gabe Rivera To Be Enshrined Into Texas Tech Ring of Honor

Former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle Gabe Rivera will be enshrined into the Texas Tech Football Ring of Honor on Sept. 13, when Texas Tech hosts Arkansas at Jones AT&T Stadium.

Rivera, a 2012 inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame, was drafted by the Steelers in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft with the 21st overall selection. The Steelers bypassed University of Pittsburgh quarterback Dan Marino in the process.

Midway through his rookie season, Rivera suffered a crushed spinal column, broken ribs, punctured lung and bruised heart after being thrown through the back window of his sports car after it collided with another car on Pittsburgh’s North Side.

The accident left Rivera permanently paralyzed from the mid-chest down and he has been confined to a wheelchair ever since.

“I never saw myself as a legend,” said Rivera, who will become just the fourth member of the Texas Tech Ring of Honor. “This is an incredible honor for my family and we are all very excited and grateful to Texas Tech for this recognition.”

During his four seasons at Texas Tech, Rivera  registered 321 career tackles, 34 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, 11 pass deflections and six fumble recoveries.

  • steeltown

    Glad he is being honored

  • SteelersDepot
  • Matt Manzo

    That’s an awesome highlight reel!

  • Matt Manzo

    If we would’ve drafted Marino and had the team that we had in the 80s, how would we have done?
    I know the 90s would’ve been legendary, but I don’t know a lot about the early 80s teams, in detail.

  • Jason Vancil

    Don’t drink and drive boys and girls.

  • dgh57

    Go Senor Sack!!!!!

  • Ryan

    I hate it when hes reffered to as a bust. Wasnt a bad player just got seriously hurt away from the game.

  • pittsburghjoe

    The loss was a set back that took the defense a long time to recover.

  • pittsburghjoe

    Don’t eat the brownies at the waste water treatment plant either.

  • Steve

    Gabe was a beast and it was a tragic car crash that ruined his career with the Steelers. He had everything in a Defensive lineman you want, speed, power and size. Thanks for the Highlights Dave, just goes to show the player he was at Tech and why the Steelers drafted him.

  • 20Stoney

    2 sacks in 6 games. He wasn’t going to be a bust. Sad situation.

  • whisn

    we lost in the AFC championship game to the Marino inspired Dolphins in only his second season,…. Chuck was a great coach, but passing on Marino scarred us for ten years! Being content with Mark Malone and David Woodley is not a good thing, especially when the hometown wonderkid was dangling in front of us!

  • Matt Manzo

    I heard the story about the Rooneys passing on him cuz they didn’t think staying in Pittsburgh would be good for him. I think that’s crazy.