After December 4th, Gabe Rivera will be able to add one more accolade to his already illustrious career – College Football Hall of Famer.
On Tuesday it was announced that the former Red Raider was a part of a class of 14 that will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in December.
Rivera joins most notably Ty Detmar, Former BYU Quarterback, and Jimmy Johnson, Former Head Coach of the University of Miami (FL).
"The National Football Foundation has recognized one of the greatest Texas Tech players to wear the Double T in Gabe Rivera," Texas Tech Director of Athletics Kirby Hocutt said in a news release on Tuesday. "His impact on our football program was tremendous and his legacy at Texas Tech will be forever. We are grateful that his career has been recognized at the national level with induction into college football's most exclusive fraternity."
The All-American Defensive Lineman becomes only the fourth player to don the red and black to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, joining Dave Parks, 2008 inductee, Donny Anderson, 1989 inductee, and E.J. Holub, who was inducted in 1986.
In his four-year career at Texas Tech, 1979-1982, Rivera became one of the most feared linemen in the Southwest Conference, amassing 321 career tackles.
Was an Honorable Mention All-American in 1980, before garnering consensus First-Team All-American Honors in his senior campaign.
"On behalf of every Red Raider that has been part of the Texas Tech Football program, I congratulate Gabe Rivera on his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame," Texas Tech Head Football Coach Tommy Tuberville said in a news release on Tuesday. "Induction into the Hall of Fame is the greatest honor that a college football player can receive and Gabe's career at Texas Tech was undoubtedly worthy of this honor."
With the induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, Rivera now has his name etched into three Hall of Fames – Texas Tech Hall of Honor, inducted in 1993, and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame, inducted in 2007.
After his time at Texas Tech, the Pittsburgh Steelers drafted Rivera in the first round of the 1983 NFL Draft.