The Florida Tarpons are pleased to bring wide receiver Wilfred Rivera back to the team for next season.
"It's great to have Rivera back for the 2013 season. He was just starting to put up some good numbers and then had the season-ending injury," said Tarpons coach Michael Taylor. "He has been an asset both on and off the field, and we're thrilled to have him returning."
Rivera played in four games catching 11 passes for 174 yards and six touchdowns. He also spent time on the defensive side of the ball with seven tackles playing cornerback.
Just when he was getting in a rhythm for the Tarpons he sustained a season ending injury. Last season, Rivera was named UIFL Offensive Player of the Week in week 10.
"I look forward to having the opportunity to bring more big plays to my hometown fans, family and students," said Rivera. "I have been working very diligently to come back healthy from the broken ankle I suffered last season and I thank God for being able to heal so fast and get back to playing the sport I love. I know that the good Lord has a plan for me and my teammates this season and I'm trusting in it."
Rivera played at Florida Atlantic University before joining the Tarpons. He attended FGCU for grad school studying Education. He teaches Algebra 1 at Palmetto Ridge High School and coaches football and track.
The Tarpons finished 2012 12-1, hosted and lost the Ultimate Bowl championship game to the Cincinnati Commandos.