Steve Riley (American football)

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Steve Riley
No. 78
Position: Offensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1952-11-23) November 23, 1952 (age 65)
Chula Vista, California
Height: 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight: 258 lb (117 kg)
Career information
High school: Chula Vista (CA) Castle Park
College: USC
NFL Draft: 1974 / Round: 1 / Pick: 25
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 138
Game started: 128
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Steve Bruce Riley (born November 23, 1952) is a retired National Football League offensive tackle.

High school career[edit]

Riley went to Castle Park High School in Chula Vista, California where he was a standout athlete on both the high school varsity basketball and football teams.

College career[edit]

Riley played college football at the University of Southern California from 1970 to 1974. He was a part of the historic undefeated 1972 USC Trojans team. He played in the 1973 Rose Bowl, where the USC Trojans defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes to become the national champions.

Professional career[edit]

Riley was picked 25th overall in the first round of the NFL draft by the Minnesota Vikings. He played 11 seasons, all with the Vikings, from 1974 to 1984. He appeared in 138 games, making 128 starts. He was a part of the 1974 and 1976 NFC championship teams. He played in Super Bowls IX and XI.

Awards and honors[edit]

In college, he was named All-American in 1973. Riley was voted by his teammates to be the recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award in 1984.