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Ron Rivera: The Puerto Rican-Mexican NFL Coach Leading His Team to Historic Highs

Meet Ron Rivera, the head coach of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers.

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Born to a Puerto Rican father and Mexican-American mother, he’s currently the ONLY Latino head coach in the NFL.

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Rivera has guided the Carolina Panthers to an impressive 12-0 record this season.

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They’ve already clinched a playoff berth. If the Panthers win one more game, they’re guaranteed to lock down the best record in team history.

Players respect Rivera because he’s one of them: Rivera spent eight years playing linebacker for the Chicago Bears.

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Rivera also won a Super Bowl with the Bears in 1985.

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Panthers players also credit Rivera’s calm and cool disposition for helping them get through the sharp ups and downs of an NFL season.

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Tight end Greg Olsen says Rivera knows how to strike a great balance in the locker room. He told the Charlotte Observer: “I think a lot of coaches are scared to do that so you always see their guard up, trying to prove that they’re in charge. Everyone knows he’s in charge. I think that’s his greatest strength. It’s obvious who the leader is, but he’s also an approachable, everyday, normal guy. And I think guys respond to that.”

Rivera says he learned it from his father, Eugenio, a 32-year veteran of the Armed Forces.
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“One thing my dad’s always told me about leadership is when all hell’s breaking loose, everyone’s looking at you to see how you’re handling it. If you’re frantic and out of control, they’re going to be frantic and out of control. If you’re calm, cool and collected and doing the right things, they’ll follow you,” said Rivera to the Charlotte Observer.

Rivera says he also draws inspiration from his older brother Mickey, who succumbed to pancreatic cancer earlier this year.

Rivera also says he’s proud to represent Latinos in the NFL.

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“I feel very fortunate that so many [Latinos] have embraced us, and have embraced me, for that matter. To be representative of my heritage, I’m thrilled about that,” said Rivera to Fox News Latino.

Rivera has already made history as the first Latino coach to win the AP NFL Coach of the Year Award.

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Rivera won the award in 2013, after guiding the Carolina Panthers to a 12-4 record. Just three years earlier – the season before Rivera was hired – the Panthers posted a dismal 2-14 record.

Now, he’s on a mission to write some more history – but not a perfect 16-0 season. He wants a Super Bowl victory.

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When asked if he’s hoping to finish with a 16-0 record, Rivera had a clear response: “If you’re talking about 16-0 seasons, you’re not focusing on the details you need to pay attention to.”

UPDATE: Rivera Takes the Panthers to Super Bowl 50.

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After 14 straight victories, the Carolina Panthers had their unbeaten streak broken by the Atlanta Falcons in Week 16 of the NFL. Rivera’s squad recovered the following week and went on to win their final game, finishing the regular season with a 15-1 record. In the playoffs, the Panthers dispatched the Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals, setting up a showdown with Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.

“Riverboat Ron” told ESPN there’s still plenty of work to do: “It’s not about getting there. It’s not about being a part of it. It’s about winning it. And that will be our main focus.”

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Serena Williams Twinning With Her Daughter On The Tennis Court Will Make Your Cheeks Hurt

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Serena Williams Twinning With Her Daughter On The Tennis Court Will Make Your Cheeks Hurt

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Serena Williams’s daughter someday might feel as if she has big shoes to fill but currently the 3-year-old seems to be doing it in stride.

Serena Williams and her daughter Alexis Olympia have been taking part in quite a bit of mommy/ daughter girl time. 

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In a series of  Instagram photos shared over the weekend, the sports athlete showed off Alexis’s tennis court skills. In what has to be the world’s cutest Instagram post, Williams and her daughter wear purple Nike bodysuits while striking poses with their tennis rackets. In the last image of the series, the mother/ daughter duo do a sweet high five.

More photos of the day were shared on Alexis’s official Instagram page which is run by her parents.

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In the photo, Serena and Alexis wear their long-sleeve bodysuits with skirts. Serena posted the photo with the caption “Caption this.” Of course, it didn’t take long for Alexis’s photo to receive tons of Instagram love. Dwyane Wade commented on the image saying “If this isn’t the cutest thing I’ve seen” Chloe x Halle awwed over the image as well.

It’s not the first time Alexis has stolen the limelight from her mother.

Earlier this year, Alexis stole more awws when her mother posted a photo of her holding her daughter while she was sleeping. In a post to Instagram, Serena wrote “I am not sure who took this picture but Working and being a mom is not easy. I am often exhausted, stressed, and then I go play a professional tennis match. We keep going. I am so proud and inspired by the women who do it day in and day out. I’m proud to be this baby’s mama @olympiaohanian#nofilter#nomakeup#nohairbursh lol #justme.”

The General Manager Of A Pro Softball Team Used Players To Promote Trump’s Anti-Black Lives Matter Message So The Entire Team Walked

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The General Manager Of A Pro Softball Team Used Players To Promote Trump’s Anti-Black Lives Matter Message So The Entire Team Walked

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This week, the pro women’s softball league held its first game in Melbourne, Florida. Soon after the game finished, every member of the Texas-based team called the Scrap Yard Fast Pitch, quit. The reason? The team’s general manager Connie May tweeted a picture of the players standing during the national anthem and tagged Donald Trump.

The women players decided that they’d had it.

In a post shared with Donald Trump on Twitter, May indicated that the members of his softball team are opposed to the Black Lives Matter movement.

According to the New York Times, the team received numerous texts and notifications of the post once they’d finished their game and returned to their locker room. The image was posted without their knowledge or consent and clearly used by May to promote a political message. The woman say that their standing for the flag has nothing to do with their political views.

Speaking about the incident, The Undefeated reports that “When May was brought into the locker room following the game, players expected an explanation.” May instead attempted to justify her post and at some point said “All Lives Matter.” Having heard enough one of the team’s members Kiki Stokes walked out. Soon after the rest of the team (which has only two Black members) followed. Kelsey Stewart, one of the Black players, was not at the game as wrote her teammates with a screenshot of the tweet saying “I am not going to ever be a part of this organization whatsoever.”

Fortunately, the softball team backed Stewart and Stokes.

“Moments later, her teammates took off their jerseys and followed her,” The Undefeated reports. “Every player in the locker room was done after that moment. They would no longer play for May or the Scrap Yard organization.”

Speaking to the New York Times, Cat Osterman a member the team said “The more we talked about it, the angrier I got, and I finally just said, ‘I’m done, I’m not going to wear this jersey. We were used as pawns in a political post, and that’s not OK.”

In a show of solidarity, USSSA Pride (who played against Scrap Yard Dawgs in Monday’s game) suspended the rest of their planned games.

The two teams were on each other’s schedules which means USSSA is likely refusing to win by default.

No doubt it’s pretty powerful these women decided to quit their jobs to stand with Black Lives Matter and their Black teammates. Speaking about the incident Natasha Watley, the first Black player to play with USA Softball at the Olympics called the move “powerful.” “Not one of them stood back and said this doesn’t really affect me, I’d rather play,” she said adding “We’re already getting paid pennies and now we’re going to get paid nothing to stand up for this. That’s how much it matters.”