CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera wasn't able to gather Tuesday night in Chicago with his Bears teammates who ran roughshod over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XX 30 years ago.
Rivera is preparing the Panthers to face the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 on Feb. 7.
But Rivera did call in to let the 41 coaches and players who gathered at the Chicago Hilton know he missed them.
"That was cool," said former Bears middle linebacker Mike Singletary, who attended the reunion. "He just talked about how much he wished he could be here, how he was thinking about us and loved us."
Rivera was a backup linebacker in his second season out of Cal in '85. He had two tackles in the 46-10 Super Bowl victory to help the Bears cap an 18-1 season (15-1 in the regular season with three playoff wins).
The Panthers are 17-1 heading into the title game in Santa Clara, California.
The '85 Bears are cheering for them.
"We're still a team and wish him luck," Singletary said. "We're very excited."