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Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera’s military appreciation day hat headed for HOF

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera’s camouflage hat, with his father’s Army pin attached, is headed to a display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera’s camouflage hat, with his father’s Army pin attached, is headed to a display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera and his father, Eugenio, are headed to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Rivera wore a camouflage Panthers hat in last week’s victory over Green Bay during the NFL’s Salute to Service Week. He also had his father’s Army pin representing his rank pinned to the hat.

Both of those items are heading to Canton, Ohio, for a new exhibit in the Hall of Fame.

“I think it’s really neat,” said Rivera, who is also the team’s nominee for the Salute to Service Award presented by USAA. “To me it’s about recognizing those that have committed so much to this country, and in some cases, those who have sacrificed it all. I think that we do need to recognize their service and most certainly give thanks for it.”

The Panthers have long been a very military-friendly organization. Retired Army Master Sergeant Cedric King, a double amputee who was injured in Afghanistan in 2012, addressed the Panthers on Wednesday before their Veterans Day practice.

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