Ronald Eugene Rivera was born in Fort Ord, CA on January 7, 1962 and is currently the head coach of the Carolina Panthers. He played college football for the University of California, Berkeley, and was recognized as an All-American linebacker. He was selected in the second round of the 1984 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the 1985 Chicago Bears, who won Super Bowl XX.
As a coach, Rivera was the defensive coordinator for the 2006 Chicago Bears. In 2011 he was named head coach of the Carolina Panthers. He was recognized as the NFL Coach of the Year by the Associated Press in 2013, and since taking over the Panthers, he has led the team to three straight divisional titles, and will make an appearance in Super Bowl 50.
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