Great story about the moment Rivera noticed a change in Cam.
It happened in a hotel in the Washington, D.C., area when Sgt. First Class Cedric King spoke to the team the Saturday night before a November game against the Redskins.
It happened when Cam Newton bent his towering 6-foot-5 frame over and began talking to King, in a wheelchair after losing both of his legs in Afghanistan. Rivera observed as Newton held King's hand and rubbed his back in such a caring way that, "I thought he was going to well up."
"There was a connection there you saw," Rivera told ESPN.com. "It's like, 'Wow, I'm going through a tough time, but this guy really has had it tough.' It made him kind of put things in perspective. I think that helped him a lot."