PEARL CITY (KHNL) - He helped St. Louis capture a State Championship in 2002, and was a big factor in helping the University of Hawaii football team achieve an undefeated year and Berth in the Sugar Bowl.
But former Warrior receiver Jason Rivers has always worked hard for his success, and the same is true today.
He was born on the mainland, but he calls Hawaii home.
"I'm glad to be home, soaking up the beach as much as I can, trying to surf as much as I can, as much as my wife will let me to get away," said Rivers. "I'm liking home right now."
Rivers, will soon have to get back to work, as he strives to make the it at the next level.
"When you have to work for stuff, it makes it that much more gratifying in the end, you appreciate it more in the end," said Rivers.
And work Rivers will have to do. He wasn't drafted, after a solid career with the Warriors, even after his four touchdown, 167 receiving yards performance against Washington on national TV.
However, he signed a free agent contract with the Tennessee Titans and hopes to make the final roster after training camp.
"My uncle told me, it's not like I've had anything easy in my life anyways. And I appreciate that much more than I appreciate handouts, you know working for what you have and it's just makes it more satisfying," said Rivers.
A lot of people have told Rivers everyone only gets one shot at making the NFL, and Rivers feels it's his for the taking.
"Right now I feel pretty confident in where I'm at physically, it's just a matter of keep doing what I've been doing my whole life, as long as I take care of what I can control, everything should fall into place," said Rivers.
Just like it always has.
Rivers reports for the Titans training camp on July 25th in Nashville.
Their first pre-season game is against the St. Louis Rams on Saturday August 9th.
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