|Date of birth:||October 7, 1928|
|Place of birth:||Newark, New Jersey, United States|
|Date of death:||March 28, 2008(aged 79)|
|Place of death:||Nashville, Tennessee, United States|
|NFL Draft:||1950 / Round: 6 / Pick: 67|
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Richard Herbert Rich (October 7, 1928, in Newark, New Jersey – March 28, 2008) was an All-Pro American football safety in the National Football League for the Baltimore Colts, Los Angeles Rams and New York Giants.
Early and personal lifeEdit
He played college football at Vanderbilt University, as well as basketball and baseball, and was president of his class. In football, he earned All-SEC honors at tailback, rushing for 1,282 yards during the 1948-49 seasons.
Rich was drafted in the sixth round of the 1950 NFL Draft, and played defensive back and returned punts during his career. In his rookie season he averaged 23 yards on 12 punt returns, an NFL record that stood for over 50 years. He was a two-time All-Pro defensive back.
In 65 career games, he had 29 career interceptions, including three for touchdowns. In 1992, he was elected to the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. Rich also became Vanderbilt's seventh "SEC Football Legend".
Rich was a 1954 graduate of Vanderbilt Law School. After his football career ended, Rich was an attorney in Nashville. He was president of the Nashville Jewish Community Center in 1971-72, and was a board member of Temple Ohabai Sholom in Nashville.
Rich died at 79 years of age in 2008.
- ↑ "Herb Rich, former NFL star, dies at 79". Nfl.com. November 18, 2008. http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d80776208/article/herb-rich-former-nfl-star-dies-at-79. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
- ↑ Day by day in Jewish sports history. https://books.google.com/books?id=aOTWUl-9LQoC&pg=PA281. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
- ↑ 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 Vanderbilt Official Athletic Site - Vanderbilt University
- ↑ Herb Rich, NFL star, lawyer – The Mercury News
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Nashville's Jewish Community. https://books.google.com/books?id=s1u5vTCdxlAC&pg=PA124. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
- ↑ Football in Baltimore: history and memorabilia. 2000. https://books.google.com/books?id=cZeye8iTWyMC&pg=PA89. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
- ↑ Get Your Own Damn Beer, I'm Watching the Game!: A Woman's Guide to Loving Pro Football. Rodale. 2005. https://books.google.com/books?id=gf5X7pDdGaIC&pg=PA167. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
- ↑ NFL Football Top 10. DK Pub. 2002. https://books.google.com/books?id=s7NozJystxsC&q=%22herb+rich%22+football&dq=%22herb+rich%22+football&hl=en&ei=S70tTamPAsT68AbryKWWCg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=10&ved=0CEkQ6AEwCTgU. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
- "Former athlete Herb Rich passes away". Vanderbilt University. March 28, 2008. http://vucommodores.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/032808aaa.html. Retrieved September 11, 2009.
- Herb Rich at Find a Grave
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