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Reggie Rivers, who retired from pro football following the 1996 season, joined ABC Sports as a color analyst for regional college football broadcasts in August 2000.

A talented writer, skilled athlete and champion of many youth causes, Rivers knew in high school that he wanted to be a journalist, so he landed a job at age 17 writing obituaries for a San Antonio, Texas, newspaper.

He attended Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos on an athletic scholarship, studying journalism and completing internships at both the Austin American-Statesman newspaper in Texas and Newsday in New York City.

While playing in the NFL, Rivers began writing a weekly sports column for the Rocky Mountain News that now is widely syndicated. He also hosts a radio show on 630 KHOW in Denver and has written two books -- "The Vance: The Beginning and the End" and "Power Shift."

Rivers' service activities on behalf of children are numerous, earning him many awards and recognition, including the Denver Broncos Community Action Player Award in 1992, Denver Broncos' Man of the Year award in 1996 and the Players' Corp. Unsung Hero Award in 1996.