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Thursday, February 24, 2011
Rivera laments Duerson's death

By Jeff Dickerson

INDIANAPOLIS -- New Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera reflected on the recent passing of former Chicago Bears teammate Dave Duerson while addressing the media Thursday at the NFL Combine.

The two men were teammates from 1984-89, and Rivera started at strong side linebacker during Duerson's final two years with the Bears -- 1988-89.

"That was a very sad situation," Rivera said at Lucas Oil Stadium. "It's the 25th anniversary [of the Bears Super Bowl XX victory], Richard Dent is getting into the Hall of Fame and this coming weekend we're going to celebrate the life of another one [of our teammates during Duerson's funeral]. It's a very sad situation. Sad for all of his former teammates, friends and family. It most certainly did hit home a little bit. He'll be greatly missed."