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Rivera To Use Some of Ditka’s Teachings in Getting Panthers Ready for Super Bowl 50

If there’s one thing that Panthers head coach Ron Rivera knows about, it’s about winning the Super Bowl being the part of a 15-1 team. He was on the 1985 Bears team that dominated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX.

Rivera said that he will lean a lot of the coaching of Mike Ditka, who was the Bears head coach for that Super Bowl 20 win some 30 years ago, and that he will tell his players some of the very same things.

“One of the things Coach Ditka emphasized to us was to enjoy the moment,” said Rivera, a second-year linebacker for the ’85 Bears team that beat the New England Patriots 46-10 in Super Bowl XX.

“The moment doesn’t come very often. It’s hard. It’s hard to get to where we are right now.”

That means the dabbin’, dancing and celebrations Carolina has become identified with won’t end, just like the “Super Bowl Shuffle” the ’85 Bears were identified with didn’t end.

Rivera has already told players what he’s preached all season long: to be themselves.

“They’re going to embrace it,” Rivera said. “It’s really a matter of managing it more than anything else. They’ve earned it. They deserve it. But the thing we’ve got to remember is what we’re playing for, and that’s to win it.

“It’s not about getting there. It’s not about being a part of it. It’s about winning it. And that will be our main focus.”


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