Ron Rivera's military bond still strong

Panthers coach, who grew up on Army bases, makes time for soldiers and veterans

Updated: November 8, 2013, 12:55 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Cedric King recently had returned from Afghanistan, where he lost his legs and part of his right arm after stepping on a land mine during a half-hour shootout with the Taliban. He was struggling to adjust to his new life -- lost, in a way -- when he got an invitation to meet Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera at the team's hotel in Washington, D.C.

Rivera, a former military brat, had gotten King's name from a member of his staff who knew he was a Carolina ...

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