In the Spring of 2011 the Carolina Panthers had to make a decision on who to select with the number one overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft.
Quarterback Cam Newton had just won a national championship with the University Of Auburn, and was the clearly the best possible prospect for the Panthers, but many questioned Newton ability to become a leader.
The Panthers took an unusual route to monitor Newton as the team used Head Coach Ron Rivera’s daughter as an undercover spy to watch Newton’s work ethic everyday as she would report to Rivera with a daily follow-up, Albert Breer from NFL.com reports:
“If Rivera needed any further confirmation of the work Newton was doing when no one was watching, he certainly got it from an unusual place. That spring, Rivera’s daughter was a senior at Cathedral Catholic in San Diego, which happened to be where Whitfield was training Newton. So Rivera’s kid would swing by and check on Cam every day and report back to her dad. Those reviews, as you might expect, were glowing.”
So the Panthers can thank Rivera’s daughter for the scouting reports, as they obviously made the right choice as Newton tries to lead the Panthers to their first Super Bowl title in 8 days.