SAN ANTONIO – Former San Antonio high school football legend and NFL player Gabe Rivera died Monday night at a local hospital. He was 57 years old.
The Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed the death Tuesday.
Rivera, nicknamed "Señor Sack,” was a two-way star for Jefferson High School before becoming one of college football's most dominant linemen at Texas Tech.
His NFL career with the Pittsburgh Steelers however was tragically cut short by a car accident during his rookie season.
Rivera suffered a spinal cord injury in the accident which left him as a paraplegic.
The first-round NFL draft pick and college All-American finished his four-year career with the Red Raiders with 321 tackles, 34 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, 11 pass deflections and six fumble recoveries.
In six professional games with the Steelers, he tallied two sacks.