Ron Rivera joins Twitter

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera has stepped into the age of Twitter.

Rivera opened a Twitter account (RiverboatRonHC) over the weekend, the Panthers confirmed. As of early Tuesday afternoon, the coach had more than 7,000 followers.

Rivera kicked off his time on Twitter by sending out links to ESPN's piece on quarterback Cam Newton spending the day with George Gring as part of the Make-A-Wish program.

Other NFL coaches such as Bruce Arians, Mike Tomlin, Pete Carroll and Sean Payton already have been on Twitter. Time likely will prevent Rivera from being a big Twitter user. But I suspect he’ll have a fairly regular presence. He’s not the type of guy to start something and not finish it.