"It's a blessing, really, that I've been able to be out there every week. It's as much that as it is anything," said Rivers, who also started an NCAA-record 51 consecutive games at North Carolina State. "Growing up around the game, my dad being a coach, I do take pride in having a little bit of the toughness element that you do all you can to be out there every week. But I've been blessed to be healthy enough to do that. … If you can perform and play at a level that helps give your team a chance, then I feel like I'll be out there every week. Obviously, there are certain circumstances that you can't help, but thankfully, I haven't had one of those yet."