Entering the Hall: Gabe Rivera

May, 15, 2012
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Texas Tech legend Gabe Rivera earned the nickname "Señor Sack" throughout his four-year career in Lubbock from 1979-82.

Now, he can add "College Football Hall of Famer" to his résumé. Rivera was one of 14 players and three coaches to be inducted into the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame at an announcement on Tuesday.

Rivera was a consensus All-American in 1982, and his 105 tackles that season still stands as a record among Red Raiders defensive linemen.

He totaled 321 tackles over his four-year career, and was the team's leading tackler among down linemen in each season, averaging just over 80 tackles per season.

Rivera was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the No. 21 overall pick in the 1983 draft, but his career ended in October of his rookie season after he was paralyzed in a drunk driving accident.

Rivera now lives in San Antonio.

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