Reggie Rivers presents ‘The Tightrope Mentality’ at Summit library |

Reggie Rivers presents ‘The Tightrope Mentality’ at Summit library

Former Bronco fullback Reggie Rivers spoke to Summit High School students about setting goals, working hard and being confident last year. Rivers will return to Summit County on Saturday, Oct. 18, to give a presentation at the North Branch of the Summit County Library.
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If you go

What: “The Tightrope Mentality,” with Reggie Rivers

When: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18

Where: Blue River Room, North Branch of the Summit County Library, 651 Center Circle, Silverthorne

Cost: Free

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On Saturday, Oct. 18, former Denver Bronco, media personality, motivational speaker and author Reggie Rivers will share “The Tightrope Mentality” at 6:30 p.m. in the Summit County Library’s North Branch Blue River Room. Rivers’ presentation kicks off Friends of the Library Week for the library and continues Goodies for GrownUps, the fall adult reading program.

“Goal setting requires visionary thinking and a broad focus to see what’s on the other side of the canyon and to know that it’s worth reaching,” Rivers said of his presentation, which he developed during his NFL career.


Jim Smith, currently Snowy Peaks High School principal, described Rivers’ presentation at Summit High School last fall as “awesome.”

“It clearly resonated with staff and students alike,” Smith said. “SHS students are still talking about it, and the teachers have called Mr. Rivers the best speaker to date.”

More recently, Rivers spoke at the Applewood Business Association luncheon, where Sean Plumb, president of the US Bank Board of Directors and Applewood Business Association, described him as “a breath of fresh air.”

“We have many speakers, all of which are good, but Reggie was different,” Plumb said. “He talked easily about his experience in football, his experience in radio and TV, his experience in furthering his journalism career and then his writing career.”

Rivers was “simply engaging,” Plumb said, adding that as the group made its own introductions around the room, Rivers took notes on what people did and then incorporated that information into his talk, often using the information to further engage the audience and create some humor.

“The feedback I got after the meeting was tremendous,” Plumb said. “Having Reggie as a speaker helped us sell more tickets for the luncheon and create excitement in the organization about the quality of our speakers.”


Rivers was born into an Air Force family, and during his youth, he lived in Ohio, England, Florida and Greece before his family settled in the San Antonio, Texas, area. He spent the remainder of his adolescence in Central Texas until moving to Denver in 1991, where he now lives with his wife, Stephanie, and son, Malik.

As a senior at Randolph High School in San Antonio, Rivers rushed for 1,200 yards and earned a full athletic scholarship to Southwest Texas State University (now called Texas State University). Landing his first newspaper job, Rivers worked for the now-defunct San Antonio Light as an obituary writer in 1985. The following year, he enrolled at Southwest Texas State University as a journalism major.

At the collegiate level, he amassed 2,500 career yards and was named to four All-American teams. In 1991, Rivers graduated from Southwest Texas State with a degree in journalism, and he signed with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted rookie free agent the same year. After joining the Denver Broncos, Rivers wrote a weekly sports column for the Rocky Mountain News for eight years. During his NFL career, he also hosted various television and radio shows. Rivers played six seasons with the Broncos.

After retiring from football, he hosted radio talk shows on 850 KOA-AM and 630 KHOW-AM radios. He was a weekly op-ed columnist for the Denver Post and hosted a weekly public affairs show titled “Global Agenda” on the PBS station KBDI-Channel 12 in Denver. In 2007, he graduated from the University of Denver with a master’s degree in global studies.

Among his published books are “The Vance: The Beginning & The End,” the as-told autobiography of Broncos wide receiver Vance Johnson (1994); “Power Shift” (2000); “4th & Fixed” (2004); “My Wife’s Boyfriend & Our Feud with the Highlands Ranch Homeowners Association” (2006) and “The Colony: A Political Tale” (2009).

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