Coach Ron Rivera: If You Want Something, Go Out and Get It

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA — Coach Ron Rivera is a calm, measured man. And he’s pretty positive too. He told us, yes, the media this week has been tiring, but he got one question from a kid that stuck with him.

“There was a young lady that said her goal, her wish was to become a football coach and a head coach at that,” said Rivera. “She asked me what advice I would give her? So I told her one of my favorites is: if you want something in life, go out and get it. Cause they’re not gonna send the limo.”

He went and got it—it being that 17-1 season and a chance to win it all on Sunday. There’s been a lot of winning this season. And a lot of distraction.

“With all the distractions Cam has faced this season, from the people who wrote letters and the nonsense, do you ever have any father and son moments type with him, when it’s just the two of you, and you say, ‘Look, this is baloney. Keep doing you’?” asked WCCB News @ Ten anchor Morgan Fogarty.

“Yup. We have had a couple of those, and I think he needs those,” answered Rivera. “He needs someone to tell him, ‘Don’t worry about this, you’re doing the right thing.’ I wish people would take a second to really think about who he is, who he has been. He’s stayed humble. This guy gives back to the community, he started giving touchdown footballs to the kids, and all he’s doing is celebrating. Not to taunt anybody, but to be joyful. I wish people would take a second and learn who he is, learn who he is more than anything else.”

Winning on Sunday means a lot to Coach, he says, because it’s a chance to give back to the fans who’ve stuck with him for five years and counting.

“It’s really been a lot of fun, Morgan,” he said.

“I know I speak for our community when I say thank you for an amazing season,” said Fogarty. “It’s been incredible to watch. Thank you for winning, and for winning the right way.”

“Yes,” answered Rivera. “And you know, we gotta go out and get it done.”