Los Angeles Rams running back Ronnie Rivers hit the jackpot in Las Vegas.
On Monday, the official Caesars Palace Twitter account revealed that Rivers won $514,837 in three-card poker by scoring in Mega Progressive Jackpot.
That’s obviously a nice payday for anybody, including professional athletes. Rivers’ base salary for the 2022 season was $705,000, so the winnings of $514,837 are very much life-changing for a man who just began his professional career.
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Rivers informed FOX5 in Las Vegas that he plans to buy a home with his prize money.
Over his five years in college at Fresno State, Rivers rushed for 3,417 yards and 40 touchdowns while adding 150 receptions for 1,421 yards and 11 receiving scores.
The Fresno State product went undrafted but signed a contract with the Arizona Cardinals last May. He was released before the start of the 2022 season and wound up joining Arizona’s NFC West division rival in the Seattle Seahawks.
But Rivers was let go by the Seahawks before the 2022 season started, and another NFC West club in the Rams picked him up. The 5-foot-9, 195-pound Rivers appeared in eight games and rushed for 21 yards in his rookie year.
The Rams had one of the NFL’s worst rushing offenses last season, and they could end up moving on from starter Cam Akers. If that’s the case, Rivers might get the opportunity to vie for the Rams’ starting RB job in 2023. Wouldn’t that be a nice way to top off what has already been a wonderful start to the year for Rivers?