Ron Rivera excited to face Bears

Updated: September 26, 2011, 4:28 PM ET

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera, who was let go as Chicago Bears defensive coordinator after helping guide the team to Super Bowl XLI, admitted Monday that this week's game against the Bears has special meaning.

Rivera said he harbored no ill will after being assured by Bears head coach Lovie Smith that the move in February 2007 was not based on personal feelings, but just the same, as Rivera returns to the city where he was drafted and spent 17 years as a player and coach, the ...

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