Rivera embraces role as pioneer
Giving back to the Hispanic community a priority for the Panthers' head coach
As a player and a coach, Ron Rivera has been a pioneer.
Drafted in 1984 by the Chicago Bears, Rivera became the first person of Puerto Rican and Mexican descent to play in the NFL. When he was hired as coach of the Carolina Panthers in 2011, Rivera became only the third Latino to become a head coach in the NFL.
As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, Rivera discussed being a pioneer with ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas:
Q: When you were coming into the NFL, were you ...
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