Former guard Marco Rivera, who spent nine seasons (1996-2004) in Green Bay, has informed the club of his decision to retire with the Packers. Green Bay Packers Executive Vice President, General Manager and Director of Football Operations Ted Thompson made the announcement.
"Marco was the consummate professional," Thompson said. "His toughness and approach to the game of football provided a great model for his teammates, as did his dedication to charitable work. We're happy to welcome Marco as a member of our alumni."
A native of Elmont, NY, and a graduate of Penn State, Rivera played 11 seasons in the National Football League, including two years in Dallas (2005-06). He started at guard for seven consecutive seasons for Green Bay (1998-2004); just one other Packers guard has started more consecutive years (Jerry Kramer, nine from 1958-1966) since 1958. Rivera also was selected to three Pro Bowls (2002-04).
During his tenure with the Packers, Rivera played in 99 consecutive games (106 including postseason). His teammates voted him as the Packers' 2004 'Ed Block Courage Award' winner in recognition of his continuing ability to play through injury.
"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."
Rivera was recognized often for his charitable work, including the Packers' 2004 'Walter Payton Man of the Year' award. He conducted a popular youth football clinic in Puerto Rico, established 'The Marco Rivera Outreach Foundation' to work with Green Bay-area charities and took part in an NFL-sponsored USO trip to visit troops in Kuwait and Qatar.