Mike Rivera

Dolphins re-sign former KU linebacker Mike Rivera

The Miami Dolphins signed former Kansas University linebacker Mike Rivera on Tuesday, hoping to bolster an injury-depleted position on defense and special teams.

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Big-game experience: Former Jayhawk Mike Rivera relishes second chance

Former Kansas University linebacker Mike Rivera had one close call with the Super Bowl and feared it might be his last. He never expected a second chance.

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Former Jayhawk Mike Rivera volunteers time to teach crochet to city youths

At 6-foot-2, 252 pounds, with blue gym shorts, a backwards cap, a Nike T-shirt and an bulky bandage around his left knee, former Kansas University linebacker Mike Rivera hardly looked the part of a crochet teacher at Hillcrest Elementary on Wednesday.

Fins sign ex-KU LB Rivera

The Miami Dolphins signed former Kansas University linebacker Mike Rivera.

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Former Jayhawk Mike Rivera signs with Green Bay

Linebacker Rivera to play on Green Bay practice squad

Former Kansas University linebacker Mike Rivera, a 2009 KU graduate and key member of the Jayhawks’ Orange Bowl championship team, signed a free-agent contract with the Green Bay Packers on Wednesday and will join the team’s practice squad immediately.

Rivera a finalist for Wuerffel Trophy

Kansas linebacker Mike Rivera was named as one of 15 finalists this week for the 2008 Wuerffel Trophy, a national award that honors the college football player who best combines exemplary community service with outstanding academic and athletic achievement.

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Comeback within a comeback

After sitting on bench, linebacker Rivera helped spark rally

Philanthropically speaking, Kansas University senior Mike Rivera is a jack of all trades. In his five years in Lawrence, the Shawnee native and three-year starter on the Jayhawks' football team has served his community in just about every way imaginable. Built houses for Habitat For Humanity. Helped organize Special Olympics bowling outings. Not long ago, he stopped by a classroom of elementary students and read them Dr. Seuss.

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'Backers playing better

Unit combines for 23 stops, sack at ISU

Among the various defensive struggles that have caused Kansas University football fans displeasure this fall - a sub-par pass rush, a struggling and injury-bitten secondary - a great deal of groaning has been targeted at the lack of bite from the team's linebackers, a unit tapped by many preseason college football magazines as one of the best in the land. While the jeers may or may not be warranted, Saturday's performance against Iowa State should, at the least, temporarily put that sentiment on hold.

Rivera a Draddy semifinalist

Kansas University senior linebacker Mike Rivera was named as one of 57 Football Bowl Subdivision semifinalists for the 2008 Draddy Trophy, as announced Wednesday by the by the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.

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Great responsibility

Mortensen, Rivera, Cantrell, Reesing are KU captains

The word captain carries with it many different meanings. From the commander of a ship on the high seas or leader of a military outfit all the way down to the guys who pick the teams on the playground, captains have held a variety of responsibilities throughout history. You know what they are, you understand what they do. But what do they mean to a football program that plays its games at the highest level of the collegiate ranks?

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Rivera ready to go

'Big Time' linebacker hopes to live up to nickname

They come up with nicknames for guys like Mike Rivera, usually something like Freight Train, The Animal or Mad Dog. Rivera's no different. In fact, he has more nicknames than most. He has been called The Italian Stallion. That one's near and dear to his heart. Two years ago, when he let his hair and beard grow wild, they called him Caveman. He still smiles when he hears that one.

Rivera: 'We're going to win games'

Kansas linebacker confident about 2008

Since he first came to Kansas University in 2004, senior linebacker Mike Rivera has seen his share of ups and downs.

KU's Reesing, Rivera make awards lists

Kansas University quarterback Todd Reesing was named to the Maxwell Award Watch List, while Jayhawk linebacker Mike Rivera was tabbed to the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List, it was announced by the Maxwell Football Club on Monday.

Reesing and Rivera named to preseason watch lists

Jayhawk quarterback Todd Reesing and senior linebacker Mike Rivera are both on the preseason watch.

Jayhawks' fiery Rivera will play, but where?

Wherever he goes - playing middle linebacker, outside linebacker or just talking to the media - Mike Rivera brings an intensity that makes him seem mad almost all the time.He's not, but like a few of his peers among Kansas University's linebacker fleet, Rivera seems to play football with a nonstop chip on his shoulder.