The 6-2, 235-pound University of Southern California product entered the NFL as a first-round (ninth overall) draft selection of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2008 and spent his first four years with the Bengals before joining the Giants in 2012. He has 262 tackles (171 solo) and three sacks in 62 NFL career games (47 starts).
Has played in 46 regular-season games with 39 starts and he started the only postseason game in which he played…Career totals include 283 tackles (167 solo), 2.0 sacks, 2 interceptions, 6 passes defensed, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery…In the playoffs, Rivers had 4 tackles (3 solo).
In his 1st season with the Giants in 2012, Rivers played in 11 games with 6 starts (3 each at strongside and weakside linebacker)…Missed 5 games with a hamstring injury: vs. Tampa Bay (9/16), at Philadelphia (9/30), vs. Cleveland (10/7), vs. Pittsburgh (11/4) and at Cincinnati (11/11)…Was credited with 37 tackles (32 solo), a pass defensed and a fumble recovery on defense and 7 solo tackles on special teams.…Had a season-high 7 tackles (5 solo) in season opener vs. Dallas (9/5)…Recorded 6 solo tackles vs. Washington (10/21) and at Dallas (10/28)…Contributed 2 special teams tackles vs. Green Bay (11/25)…had 5 solo tackles vs. Philadelphia (12/30).
In 2011, spent the entire season on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list, due to rehab from wrist surgery in July…Did not play in preseason, and was placed on Reserve/NFI on Sept. 3…Was eligible for practice and possible roster activation from Nov. 8 until Nov. 29, but did not practice and remained on Reserve/NFI.
In 2010, Rivers played through painful foot condition (plantar fasciitis) to finish with career-high totals of 15 games played (13 starts) and 95 tackles (46 solo)….Also had 4 passes defensed and a sack… Inactive vs. Baltimore (9/19) due to missed practice time from foot condition…Credited with a career-high 14 tackles, including a 5-yard sack of Seneca Wallace, at Cleveland (10/3) and a team-best 13 tackles at the Jets (11/25)…Had 10 tackles vs. San Diego (12/26)…Tied for team lead with 7 tackles at Baltimore (1/2).
In 2009, started all 13 games in which he played…Missed games 9-11 due to calf injury, but finished 2nd on team in tackles with 101 (58 solo)…Twice tied the team’s season-high in tackles for a single game with 14 - at Cleveland (10/4) and at the Jets (1/3)…Led team with 12 tackles vs. Pittsburgh (9/27)…Had a 4th quarter interception and an 8-yard sack of Philip Rivers at San Diego (12/20).
As a rookie in 2008, started the first 7 games of his career…Suffered a jaw fracture vs. Pittsburgh (10/19) in a collision with Steelers WR Hines Ward…Placed on injured reserve 2 days later…Ranked 2nd on the team with 50 tackles (31 solo) when he was injured…Began his NFL career with a pair of 11-tackle games, at Baltimore (9/7) and vs. Tennessee (9/14)…Forced a Marion Barber fumble and recorded his 1st interception, returning Tony Romo’s pass 39 yards, at Dallas (10/5).
Played in 49 games with 36 starts from 2004-07 at USC…Career totals included 240 tackles, 5.5 sacks, 18.5 tackles for loss, 6 fumble recoveries, 5 forced fumbles and 2 interceptions…Helped USC to a 47-5 record over his 4 seasons…As a senior, finished 2nd in tackles (78) on a defense that ranked 2nd in nation in fewest points allowed (16.0 avg.) and fewest yards allowed (273.2 avg.)…Played in all 13 games as a freshman for 2004 club that claimed national championship with a 55-19 dismantling of Oklahoma in FedEx Orange Bowl.
Attended Lake Mary (Fla.) High School, where his multiple All-America football honors included nods from USA Today and Parade…As a senior in 2003, Rivers had 111 tackles, 14 stops for losses, 2 sacks and 2 interceptions…In his junior season, he was a Student Sports Junior All-America and Florida Class 5A second-team choice, as he posted 160 tackles, 11 stops behind the line of scrimmage, including 4 sacks, and 2 interceptions…Made All-State as a sophomore in 2001 when he had 100-plus tackles…Named Gatorade Florida Football Player of the Year as a senior…Born in Riverside, Calif., and lived in nearby San Bernardino for 8 years before his family moved to Florida…Majored in public policy, management and planning at Southern Cal…Born May 5, 1986.