Adam Humphries once watched Ron Rivera as a kid, now he's playing for him

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Humphries watched Rivera as a kid and is now playing for him originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Adam Humphries has recorded 279 catches as an NFL wideout so far and 37 of those receptions have come at the expense of the Panthers. Overall, Humphries has faced Carolina nine times in his career, thanks mostly to his four-season stint in the NFC South with the Buccaneers.

So, what about the Panthers brings out the best in Humphries? That was something he was asked on Monday during his first press conference with the Washington media, and as he answered it, he revealed something fascinating. 

"Honestly, no idea," Humphries said. "It could be from growing up in Spartanburg, South Carolina. I used to go to Panthers' practices at Wofford College pretty much my entire childhood. I remember going to Coach [Ron] Rivera’s practices and just being a fan on the hill... I remember going to Carolina’s practices as a kid and being the kid that wanted autographs from Cam Newton and all those guys."

How's that for some full-circle stuff?

Even as an outsider who was taking in the action at a distance, Humphries was able to pick up on how Rivera asserted himself as a leader during those sessions. Based off that experience, Humphries is thrilled that he has a shot to see how Rivera goes about his business firsthand. 

"I think just the way he emphasizes culture and accountability, I’m excited to be a part of it," Humphries said.

Now, back to the receiver's history of success versus the Panthers.

Though he first asserted that he isn't sure what the impetus is for putting up such strong numbers against that particular opponent, he did offer up one decent theory after that.

"Whenever we played the Panthers, I knew everybody back home would be watching because it would be the local TV that was on," Humphries said. "Maybe it was just a little chip on my shoulder trying to impress the home crowd."

And while Humphries explained that he can't draw a 100-percent connection between making plays when facing Rivera's group and Rivera, in turn, making a play for him this offseason in free agency, that certainly didn't hurt his cause.

So, after first admiring Rivera from afar and then tormenting him in a different uniform, Humphries and the coach officially, finally get the chance to work together. The significance of that is not lost on Humphries. 

"Definitely truly blessed to be where I am, and I just want to take advantage of every opportunity," Humphries said.