Mychal Rivera is an American football tight end. He is the brother of the American actress Naya Rivera.
Mychal Rashawn Rivera was born on Saturday, September 8, 1990 (age 30 years; as in 2020), in Los Angeles, California. His zodiac sign is Virgo.
He did his schooling from Birmingham Community Charter High School, Los Angeles, where he played football and caught 21 passes for 210 yards and 3 touchdowns as a senior in 2007 and helped to lead his team in the West Valley League championship. He was rated with a 3-star prospect and was also ranked the 39th overall tight end by Rivals.com for the 2007 class. He has majored in Communication Studies.
Eye Color: Dark Brown
Hair Color: Black
Family & Ethnicity
Parents & Siblings
He has two sisters- Naya Rivera, American actress and singer, and Nickayla Rivera, a model.
Wife & Children
He got married to Siera Rivera in 2015; the couple has a son named Ricci Rivera.
Mychal Rivera with his Wife
Initially, he signed for the Oregon Ducks program for the 2008 season. He requested and received a release from his scholarship after he was put on the offensive line by the Ducks coach Chip Kelly. For the 2009 season, he played for College of Canyons and caught 32 passes for 316 yards and 3 touchdowns. In January 2010, Rivera started playing for Tennessee Volunteers.
In the 2010 season, he played all thirteen games and collected 11 catches for 112 yards. His season-best was 3 catches for 29 yards against Memphis. He was named to the pre-season All-SEC Third Team before the 2012 season. He broke the single-season team record set by Jason Witten for ‘most receiving yards by a tight end’ by catching 36 passes for 562 yards and 5 touchdowns and joined Reggie Harper as one of two Tennessee Volunteers tight ends with more than 1,000 career receiving yards. Following the season, he was named All-SEC by both CBSSports and the SEC coaches, and All-SEC Second Team by the Associated Press.
Jersey No.: 81
In 2013, he was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the sixth round (184th overall) of the NFL Draft as the eleventh tight end. In 2013, he began his rookie season as the backup tight end behind Jeron Mastrud and caught two passes for 26-yards in a season-opening loss to the Indianapolis Colts. On September 29, 2013, he caught his first career touchdown on an 18-yard pass from Matt Flynn. The following week, he earned his first career start against the San Diego Chargers and caught one pass for 5-yards. On November 24, 2013, Rivera suffered a concussion following a helmet-to-helmet hit by Michael Griffin in the Raiders’ loss to the Tennessee Titans. On November 2, 2014, he finished a loss to the Seattle Seahawks with a career-high 8 receptions for 38 receiving yards and caught his first two touchdown passes of the season from rookie quarterback Derek Carr. The following week against the Denver Broncos, he caught 6 passes for 64-yards and a touchdown during the Raider’s 17-41 loss. On December 7, 2014, Rivera caught 7 passes for a career-high 109 receiving yards and a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers.
After a career season in 2014, he was thought to be the starting tight end going into the 2015 season, but head coach Jack Del Rio brought in free agent Lee Smith and drafted Clive Walford in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Although he began the season as the backup to Smith he eventually lost snaps to the emerging Walford. On November 15, 2015, he had one of his best games of the season when he caught a season-high six passes for 46 receiving yards during a 14-30 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. During a Week 14 victory over the eventual Super Bowl 50 Champion Denver Broncos, he caught 3 passes for a season-high 49 receiving yards as well as his only touchdown of the season. In 2016, Walford was slated as the starting tight end going into the 2016 season after emerging in the last month of the 2015 season, the Oakland Raiders reportedly were looking to trade Rivera. After not being able to seek a trade partner, the Raiders opted to keep him for at least the last year of his rookie contract. With Walford slated as the starting tight end to begin the season, Rivera did not register a catch until a Week 4 matchup against the Baltimore Ravens and finished the victory with only one catch for a yard. On October 30, 2016, he had his best game of the season, making 3 receptions for 36 receiving yards and caught his first touchdown of the season from Derek Carr.
On March 22, 2017, Rivera signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars. After joining Jaguars, he reunited with former high school and college teammate Malik Jackson. On September 1, 2017, Rivera was placed on injured reserve with a hand injury. On February 20, 2018, he was declined with the contract options by Jaguars and was made a free agent.
- In 2012, he was named the First-team All-SEC.
- He has tattoo all over his shoulders, chest, and arms.
- On July 8, 2020, his sister, Naya Rivera was declared missing after her son, Josey, was found on the rented boat alone at Lake Piru. After a few days, Mychal and his other family members joined the search team at the lake. On July 13, Naya’s body was found floating on the lake and she was declared dead.