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Rivera retires as a Packer

Three-time Pro Bowl guard Marco Rivera has retired as a Green Bay Packer after spending his first nine years in Green Bay.

He then played in Dallas for two seasons, but the Cowboys cut him at training camp last year due to recurring back problems and he never played after that.

Rivera said it was an honor and a privilege to join the Packers' alumni.

He played in 106 straight games for Green Bay, including the post-season. He received the Ed Block Courage Award in 2004 for playing through injuries and his charitable work netted him the Walter Payton Man of the Year award.

Packers' General Manager Ted Thompson called Rivera the "consummate professional," and his toughness and approach to the game provided a great model for his teammates.