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Ron Rivera and Mark Teixeira at Wheels Up Tailgate
David Diehl, Ron Rivera, Mark Teixeira, John Lynch, Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic talk on the stage at the Wheels Up Super Saturday Tailgate event on the eve of Super Bowl LI in Houston, Texas on February 4, 2017. The New England Patriots will play the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI on Sunday at NRG Stadium. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI
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Ronald Eugene Rivera (born January 7, 1962) is the head coach of the NFL's Carolina Panthers. Rivera was a linebacker on the 1985 Chicago Bears, who won Super Bowl XX. Rivera was the defensive coordinator for the 2006 Chicago Bears, who won the National Football Conference championship and competed in Super Bowl XLI. He was the defensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers prior to being named coach of the Panthers.

Rivera learned under coaches who favor aggressive defensive philosophies, such as Buddy Ryan, Jim Johnson and Lovie Smith. He used to employ the 4-3 defensive scheme, but adopted a 3-4 defense as Chargers defensive coordinator.

Rivera was born in Fort Ord, California. His father was a Puerto Rican commissioned officer in the United States Army stationed in California. There he met his future wife, Rivera's mother of Mexican heritage. As a result of his father's military service, Rivera had to travel and was educated in military bases in Germany, Panama, Washington, D.C., and Maryland. Finally his family moved to central California. There, he attended Seaside High School, where he first started playing football.

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