Ron Rivera who was born on January 7, 1962 at Fort Ord, California. He is the Head Coach for the Carolina Panthers and has been playing and coaching in the NFL since 1984.
10 interesting facts about Carolina Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera
Ron Rivera as a military brat grew up around the world in Panama, Germany, Washington D.C., Maryland, and California.
Ron Rivera played for the University of Southern California, Berkeley. Ron was an All-American linebacker he last three years of his college career. He held the records for career tackles and all-time sacks at one time. He still holds the single season record for tackles for loss on a play.
Ron Rivera was the MVP of the 1984 East-West Shrine Game and was the country’s top linemen in 1983 winning the Lombardi Award.
Ron Rivera was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 2nd round, the 44th overall selection of the 1984 NFL Draft.
Ron Rivera was the first Puerto Rican football player to win a Super Bowl in the FL when the Chicago Bears beat the New England Patriots 46-10 at Super Bowl XX.
Ron Rivera played for only one team, the Chicago Bears for his entire nine season career which lasted from 1984 to 1992.
Ron Rivera from 1993-1996 worked as a sports TV analyst covering NFL and college games in the Chicago area for SportsChannel Chicago and WGN-TV.
Ron Rivera got his first job coaching in the NFL with the Chicago Bears in 1997 as a Defensive Quality Control Coach. He stayed thru the 1998 season until offered a Linebacker coaching position with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1999 where he stayed thru the 2003 season. During his years at Philadelphia, the Eagles made three consecutive NFC Championship games. In 2004, Ron returned to the Chicago Bears to become their Defensive Coordinator. The 2005 Bears ranked 2nd in the NFL overall and in 2006 the Bears defense was ranked 3rd and gave up the fewest points in the league. Apparently he Bears GM and Owners upset that Ron Rivera was interviewing for head coaching positions with the San Diego Chargers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Arizona Cardinals and the Dallas Cowboys decided to not renew his contract for the 2007 season. Ron became the San Diego Chargers inside linebackers coach in 2007. He was promoted to defensive Coordinator in October of 2008.
Ron Rivera in 2011 was named the head coach of the Carolina Panthers. He is the 4th Latino Head Coach in the NFL. Thru the 2013 season, Ron’s Panthers have compiled a 25-23 cumulative regular season record and a 0-1 playoff record. 2013 season was the first time during Ron’s tenure that the Panthers have made the playoffs, winning the NFC South.
Ron Rivera nickname is “Riverboat Ron.” He was labeled that for his propensity to go for it on 4th down or to try a play that had a high risk factor.
Sources:Carolina Panthers Team Page, Pro Football Reference , Charlotte Observer , NFL , San Jose Mercury News , Coaching Roots
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