CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera will make sure he brings his Super Bowl XX ring with him to Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, California.
But he won't wear it.
"I've tried to make the point that it represents everything that you've gone through and the people that have played," Rivera said. "It's not necessarily about the ring. It's the people it stands for."
Rivera has shown the ring to his players, and he might show it to them again before they face the AFC champion Denver Broncos on Feb. 7.
But he wants his players focused on winning their own rings.
"The thing I've told the players is this is about Super Bowl 50. It's an event," Rivera said. "At the end of the event is to play the game, and that's what we're focusing on.
"I told them embrace it, enjoy it, live it, but at the end of the day we have to play the game."
The Panthers held their final full practice in Charlotte on Friday before leaving for California on Sunday. It was in full pads so players won't go two weeks without contact.
Rivera liked what he saw.
"Their tempo is just what you're looking for," he said. "That set a nice tone and tempo for when we get out there on Monday [and practice].
"When fully padded this time of the year, you have to get something out of it. We got something out of it."