Ron Rivera Bio, Age, Height, Wife, Salary, Net Worth, Washington Commanders

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Ron Rivera Biography

Ron Rivera is a prominent American football coach currently serving as the head coach for the Washington Commanders of the National Football League (NFL). In the early 1980s, he joined the University of California, Berkeley, and was recognized as an All-American linebacker for the Golden Bears. After graduation, Rivera was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the second round of the 1984 NFL Draft and played nine seasons with them.

Ron Rivera Age

Ron Rivera was born on January 7, 1962, in Fort Ord, California, United States of America. He is 60 years old.

Ron Rivera Height

Rivera is a man of tall stature and stands at a height of 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m).

Ron Rivera Family

He was born Eugenio and Dolores Rivera in Fort Ord, California, United States of America. He was raised along with his three brothers, Steven, Michael, and John

Ron Rivera Wife

He is happily married to his supportive wife Stephanie (née Tamayo), whom he met in August 1983 while at Cal prior to marrying her in 1984.

Ron Rivera Children

He is the proud father of two lovely children called Christopher and Courtney.

Ron Rivera Education

He attended Seaside High School located in Seaside, California. In the early 1980s, he joined the University of California, Berkeley, and was recognized as an All-American linebacker for the Golden Bears.

Ron Rivera Salary

He earns a satisfactory salary of $8.5 million per year.

Ron Rivera Net Worth

Ron Rivera has over the years managed to garner a hefty fortune and has an estimated net worth of $12 million.

Ron Rivera Career

He was awarded a football scholarship at the University of California, Berkeley, leading the Golden Bears in tackles as a linebacker throughout his three years there. For his final season in 1983, he acquired numerous awards and honors due to his performance, including the Pop Warner Trophy, Pac-10 Football Defensive Player of the Year along with Arizona linebacker Ricky Hunley, being named MVP of the East-West Shrine Game, and being named a consensus All-American.

He was selected by the Chicago Bears in the second round of the 1984 NFL Draft, playing for them as a special teamer and rotational linebacker. In 1985, he became the first American of Puerto Rican descent to win a Super Bowl when the Bears beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX. In 1988, Rivera was named the team’s Man of the Year, and the following year he was named their Ed Block Courage Award recipient. Rivera played nine seasons for the Chicago Bears prior to retiring after the 1992 season, playing in 137 games.

His coaching career started in 1997 when he joined the Bears as a quality control coach. Rivera joined the Philadelphia Eagles as a linebackers coach two years later prior to rejoining the Bears in 2004 as the defensive coordinator. The next year, he was named by the PFWA as an Assistant Coach of the Year and assisted coach linebacker Brian Urlacher into being named Defensive Player of the Year. In 2007, Rivera joined the San Diego Chargers coaching linebackers prior to being promoted to defensive coordinator the following year.

After spending three years with the Chargers, he was hired by the Carolina Panthers as their head coach and would become their all-time leader in wins. In 2013 and 2015, Rivera was also recognized as the NFL Coach of the Year and led the team to an appearance in Super Bowl 50. In 2020, he joined Washington as the head coach after being fired midway through the 2019 season because the team’s new ownership wanted the change.

In 1993, he joined SportsChannel Chicago and WGN-TV as a television analyst covering college football and the Bears. Later, Rivera joined the Bears as a defensive quality control coach in 1997. He was hired by the Philadelphia Eagles as a linebackers coach under newly hired head coach Andy Reid in 1999.

On January 23, 2004, Rivera was hired as a defensive coordinator of the Chicago Bears. Rivera was named Assistant Coach of the Year by the Pro Football Writers Association due to his efforts that year. In February 2007, he was hired by the San Diego Chargers as their inside linebackers coach and was upgraded to defensive coordinator after the team fired Ted Cottrell in October 2008.

He was hired as the fourth head coach of the Carolina Panthers on January 11, 2011. Rivera was the third Latino in NFL history to become a head coach, after Tom Flores and Tom Fears. In 2013, Rivera was honored as the AP NFL Coach of the Year due to his efforts. In 2015, he was also recognized as the AP NFL Coach of the Year. 

In January 2018, Rivera signed a two-year contract extension worth $15.5 million. However, Rivera was fired on December 3, 2019, following nine seasons as head coach. Rivera was hired as the head coach of the Washington Football Team, called the Redskins on January 1, 2020. He hired numerous former assistant coaches that served under him with the Panthers, assigning former Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio as defensive coordinator and Scott Turner, Norv Turner’s son, as the offensive coordinator.

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