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Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera gives fan, his father ‘special’ access

Panthers coach Ron Rivera, right, invites Seth Myers, in town for a doctor’s appointment, and his father, Douglas, to the team’s practice Thursday.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera, right, invites Seth Myers, in town for a doctor’s appointment, and his father, Douglas, to the team’s practice Thursday. jperson@charlotteobserver.com

Seth Myers and his father drove to Charlotte on Thursday for a doctor’s appointment and ended up with a close-up view of the Carolina Panthers’ practice – thanks to an invitation from coach Ron Rivera.

Rivera was walking from Bank of America Stadium to the practice field when he spotted Seth, who has muscular dystrophy and uses a wheelchair, wearing a Citadel T-shirt.

Rivera, who is from a military family, struck up a conversation and ended up inviting Seth and his father, Douglas, in for the two-hour practice.

The father and son had driven from their hometown of Cheraw, S.C., for one of Seth’s regular checkups. They headed to the practice field after the doctor’s visit and bumped into Rivera.

“We just happened to hit it just right,” said Douglas Myers, who was wearing a South Carolina Gamecocks shirt and cap.

“I believe if I knew we’d be this close (to practice), we’d be decked out in Carolina Panthers stuff.”

Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson stopped after practice to say hello to Seth, 18, who attends a two-year college in Cheraw.

Seth said he’s been to Panthers games before but had never been so close to the action.

“It’s special,” he said.

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