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USC Football Trojans in the Pros: Keith Rivers Retires from the NFL

USC graduate Keith Rivers had an excellent career with the Trojans and has now retired from the NFL

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USC alum Keith Rivers has decided to retire from the National Football league. According to Blogging the Cowboys:

"The Cowboys have placed Keith Rivers on the reserve/ retired list. Rivers signed a deal for the veteran minimum this offseason, and was facing a battle for a roster spot"

Keith Rivers was a blue chip recruit turned All-American weakside linebacker during his time at USC. He was a 3-year starter for the Trojans and also saw significant playing time as a backup during his freshman season. He registered 240 tackles in his college career and a host of tackles for loss, forced fumbles and interceptions.

According to Coach Pete Carroll said about Rivers:

""He is really fast and tough. He has an unusual body in that he can strike guys in a small space and unload on them.""

After a highly impressive college career Rivers became the 9th overall pick in the 2008 NFL draft. He was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals. Injuries plagued his professional football career as he bounced around the league playing for the Bengals, the New York Giants, the Buffalo Bills and finally signing with the Dallas Cowboys before retiring.

According to Cincy Jungle:

"Sadly, injuries were a major theme in his career as he missed 38 games during his seven years in the league. 29 of those missed games came with the Bengals, highlighted by a season-ending jaw injury suffered his rookie season against the Steelers after being lit up by wide receiver Hines Ward."

Keith Rivers moves on to the next phase of his life with a great education and a degree in public policy development from USC. We wish him the best of luck in whatever he decides to do next. Fight On Keith Rivers, and thanks for the memories.

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