Players surprised Rivera with a video during a team meeting on Friday, where they revealed the special “Rivera Strong” decal and $25,000 donation.
— Washington Football Team (@WashingtonNFL) October 1, 2021
"As a coach, you always wonder if you get a chance to reach out to the players and touch them," Rivera told his team after the video. "This was awesome, man. Thank you."
Rivera diagnosed with cancer in 2020
The cancer, which he described as “very treatable and curable,” was found in July 2020 after he discovered a lump in his neck.
Rivera is now underway in his second season in Washington, and the team will take on the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Though — as Rivera is at a higher risk of contracting and struggling with the coronavirus due to his cancer battle, of those skeptical of the pandemic or the vaccine — Rivera is back to full strength.
And, as the NFL kicks off its “Crucial Catch” initiative this month, it sounds like his players picked the perfect time to honor Rivera.