"To retire as a Packer in my book is the greatest thing you can say as a football player in the NFL," said Rivera. "It's an honor and a privilege to retire and become a member of the Packers alumni with all the great players I played with and those that came before me."
It's nice to see players like Rivera and Antonio Freeman retire as Packers after finishing their NFL careers elsewhere. That's especially the case in a time where the Packers are getting a lot of flak for their handling of the Brett Favre matter. It just goes to show how well respected the Packers' franchise is in the NFL.
Rivera was named to three straight Pro Bowl teams from 2002 - 2004 and probably should have been named to more earlier in his career as Pro Bowl voting frequently honors players far too late in their careers, especially offensive linemen.
Rivera should be an example to players like Allen Barbre. Rivera sat on the bench waiting his turn at a starting job, and once he got it, never looked back.