Nathaniel “Nate” Rivers
Nathaniel “Nate” Rivers, South Carolina State – Rivers was a standout quarterback for the Bulldogs from 1976-1979 and ranks among the top offensive players to have played at South Carolina State. During his college career, South Carolina State was the most productive team in the MEAC, compiling a four-year record of 20-2-1 in the conference, including three straight MEAC titles (1976, 1977, 1978). In two years as a starter, Rivers rushed for over 1,400 yards, passed for 1,045 yards and recorded 28 touchdowns.
Rivers earned first-team All-MEAC accolades in 1977, and was named the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year. He was drafted in the fifth round of the college draft in 1980 by the Philadelphia Eagles, who traded him to the New York Giants, where he played for three seasons. Rivers is enshrined in the South Carolina State Athletic Hall of Fame (2000) and is a member of the school’s Centennial (1907-2007) Football Team.