Cam Newton senses game's importance

Updated: September 28, 2011, 2:09 PM ET
By Jeff Dickerson | ESPNChicago.com

LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Carolina Panthers rookie quarterback Cam Newton understands how much Sunday's game means to head coach Ron Rivera.

A popular figure in Chicago to this day, Rivera spent 17 years with the Bears organization as both a player and coach. Rivera appeared in 149 games (62 starts) as a member of the Bears, and was a second-year linebacker when the organization won Super Bowl XX. After working as the Bears quality control coach in 1997-98, he returned as defensive coordinator ...

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