Marco Rivera is the new Head Football Coach at the Shelton School. He has served as Shelton's Assistant Head Coach and Offensive Line Coach for the last seven years and was previously Shelton's interim Athletic Director.
Rivera is a three-time Pro Bowl selection (2002, 2003, 2004), two-time All-Pro selection (2003, 2004), three-time first team NFC selection (2002, 2003, 2004) and two-time All NFC first team selection 2002, 2003). He was the Green Bay Packers 2004 Ed Block Courage Award recipient, a prestigious award voted on by his peers that is given to one player on every team that symbolizes sportsmanship, professionalism, great strength and courage and dedication. Rivera was named the Packers recipient of the 2004 Walter Payton Man of the Year Award, given by the NFL to one player on each team to recognize outstanding contributions on and off the field. In 2005 Rivera was also named to the all-millennium team by Sports Illustrated. In 2005, the Dallas Cowboys acquired Rivera in free agency where he started for two seasons before injuring his back in the Cowboys 2006 playoff loss. Rivera was released by the Dallas Cowboys due to serious back problems and ultimately retired from the NFL as a Green Bay Packer in 2008. He was inducted into the Green Bay Packer Hall Of Fame in 2011 making him one of the greatest linemen ever to play for the Green Bay Packers.
Rivera is a community role model. From 1998 to 2004, he ran a football camp called The Marco Rivera Pee Wee Camp in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for kids ages 9 through 16. Each year, the camp was attended by more than 200 children and numerous NFL stars and coaches donated their time and participation. While in Puerto Rico, Rivera visited area hospitals. In 2002, Rivera partnered with the Green Bay Humane Society and participated in its first ever Pet Walk to raise money for the Humane Society. In 2003, he partnered with Jerry Parins on a motorcycle ride to benefit the American Cancer Society's fight against cancer. Rivera has also been a proud supporter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Big Brother Big Sister, Hopes Door, The Family Place and more. In 2009, Rivera served as the Honorary Chair of the American Cancer Society's Silver Dollar Ball here in Texas. In 2011, he was the M.C. for Pennies for Paige Wine Tasting and Silent Auction in support of a local family. In addition, Rivera is a supporter of the Chris Kyle Foundation. In 2004, he visited the troops in Qatar and Kuwait and along the Iraqi border and in 2011, he visited the troops in Oman, UAE, Kyrgyzstan and Afghanistan.
Rivera was a three-year starter on the offensive line for Penn State. In his junior year of 1994, Rivera started every game and earned second team All-Big 10 honors on a squad that went undefeated (12-0) and led the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in scoring.
Rivera attended Elmont Memorial High School in Long Island, NY, and graduated from Penn State University in 1995 with a Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice. He is married to Michelle and they have 3 sons. Dante, 21, and Roman, 19, graduated from Shelton and Nico, 17, is a junior at Shelton.
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