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Great Article On Rivera's Bond with Miltary

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http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/page/veteransnflpanthers/veterans-day-2013-carolina-panthers-coach-ron-rivera-strong-military-bond?ex_cid=espnapi_public

 

Cedric King recently had returned from Afghanistan, where he lost his legs and part of his right arm after stepping on a land mine during a half-hour shootout with the Taliban. He was struggling to adjust to his new life -- lost, in a way -- when he got an invitation to meet Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera at the team's hotel in Washington, D.C.

Rivera, a former military brat, had gotten King's name from a member of his staff who knew he was a Carolina fan. After a few minutes of hearing his story, Rivera asked King what motivated him.

"Living!" King told him.

So Rivera asked King, a Sgt. 1st Class with the 82nd Airborne, to share his message with the 1-6 Panthers the day before they faced the Redskins.

The next day, Carolina won.

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Very cool article!

Next week with the Panthers Purple Heart thing should be even more special with a HC like Ron at the helm and leading by examples like this.

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"When I needed it the most, he and the Panthers were there leading the way," he said. "He sent me a text after they beat Atlanta, saying, 'We're fighting because you're fighting.' That's a guy right there that understands what's going on."

 

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Read this article because it was on the list when I went to google news (hard to believe the Panthers made that list).

 

Everyone should read the article.  Incredible story.  I was tearing up reading it...only problem I was at work.

 

Ron Rivera is a quality human being.  

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I love that people are finally starting to realize how great rivera is and stopped saying such mean things about him all the time

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Wow! Coach Rivera, I am sorry that I said you should go after the Arizona game. I was wrong. You are a good man. You are a man who is full of heart and had his priorities together. You are a fine leader of men. You are the reason we're winning and I now understand why the players have fought so hard for you. You are worth it. As a veteran myself, thank you for your dedication to our military. You are an American patriot.

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I love that people are finally starting to realize how great rivera is and stopped saying such mean things about him all the time

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Winning changed people opinions of him.

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