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Add 'Rivera' to 'Flores' to Super Bowl history

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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.

Now, Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera, who is of Puerto Rican and Mexican descent, has matched the accomplishment of reaching the championship game.

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.

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.

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