Ron Rivera channeling Mike Ditka, 1985 Bears before Super Bowl

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The 1985 Chicago Bears inevitably were going to make their way into the media spotlight in the two weeks leading up to Super Bowl 50, and it didn’t take long to do so.

Per ESPN, Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera is turning to the advice that Mike Ditka told him and his ’85 Bears teammates in the buildup to Super Bowl XX — which was 30 years ago today.

“Enjoy the moment,” Rivera noted as the key piece of advice Ditka relayed to his players. “The moment doesn’t come very often. It’s hard. It’s hard to get to where we are right now.”

It seems clear that Rivera might have already conveyed this message to his players all season or, at the very least, have allowed them to celebrate loose and free, given that there is more dancing in a Panthers football game than on the set of Dancing with the Stars.

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