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Panthers’ Rivera embracing ‘Riverboat Ron’ – for charity

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera has finally embraced his new nickname, even if it’s just for charity.

Rivera, who has stated several times he’s not of fan of the nickname “Riverboat Ron,” said Friday he and his wife, Stephanie, are looking at ways to use the name to give money to charity.

The Panthers coach works with three charities: the Ronald McDonald House, the Humane Society of Charlotte and the USO of North Carolina.

“We’re trying to figure it out and it’s out there and people have kind of jumped onto it so I figured what the heck,” Rivera said. “If it’s going to be out there then let’s see if we can do something in the community with it.

“We’ll figure something out. They’re all worthwhile causes and we really want to see if we can help out in the community.

Rivera got the name after he began trying to convert on fourth downs more often, and the name is in reference to a riverboat gambler.

This year Rivera is 9-for-11 on fourth-down conversions. He has said he’s more fond of “Calculated Risk-Taker Ron” or “Analytical Ron” instead of Riverboat Ron.

When asked if he had tried to trademark the name, Rivera said it wasn’t “a bad idea.” According to Charlotte Magazine’s public records request, Rivera’s attorney filed paperwork last month to trademark the name under the trademark owner Coach Rivera LLC.

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