Only once before has an NFL coach of Hispanic heritage guided his team to a Super Bowl before, back when Tom Flores did it with the Oakland Raiders, winning the Vince Lombardi Trophy twice in the early 1980's.
Ron Rivera joins Tom Flores as the only head coaches of Hispanic descent to reach the Super Bowl. pic.twitter.com/qS1HGb22go
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) January 25, 2016
In his playing career, Flores broke new ground in 1960 as the first-ever Hispanic starting quarterback in professional football with the Raiders. Though Flores also claims a Super Bowl win as a player (while on the roster of the Kansas City Chiefs), he served as a backup quarterback in the championship game and did not play.
People talking about Ron Rivera (Seaside HS) & Tom Flores deal, but also of note Ron Rivera also played in the Super Bowl, not just coaching
— Ronnie Flores (@RonMFlores) January 25, 2016
Rivera won the Super Bowl with the Chicago Bears in 1985, subbing in as a linebacker in the championship game. Now he has a chance to guide his Panthers team to that title as well.
Ron Rivera se une a Tom Flores como únicos entrenadores de descendencia hispana en alcanzar el Super Bowl.
— ESPN Datos (@ESPNDatos) January 25, 2016
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