Rick Venturi
Biographical details
Born (1946-02-23) February 23, 1946 (age 73)
Taylorville, Illinois
Playing career
Position(s)Quarterback, defensive back
Head coaching record
Overall1–31–1 (college)
2–17 (NFL)

Rick Venturi (born February 23, 1946) is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at Northwestern University and as longtime National Football League assistant coach known for his defense. As the head coach at Northwestern from 1978 to 1980, Venturi compiled a record of 1-31-1. During his tenure as coach of the Northwestern Wildcats' NCAA Division I had a record 34-game losing streak. Venturi has served as the defensive coordinator with the Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints, and St. Louis Rams. Venturi also served as an interim head coach, in 1991 with the Colts and 1996 with the Saints. As a head coach in the NFL, his career record stands at 2–17.

Venturi played quarterback at Rockford Auburn High School in Illinois as a sophomore and junior, and then at Pekin High School for his senior year before enrolling at Northwestern. While at Northwestern he joined the Delta Upsilon fraternity. His father, Joe Venturi, was a member of the Illinois High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame. Joe coached at Pekin High School in Illinois. His brother, John is also a member of the Illinois High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame. John coached at Washington High School where he won the 1985 Class 4A State Championship. John's 1983 Washington team was the 4A Runner-Up.

Head coaching recordEdit


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Northwestern Wildcats (Big Ten Conference) (1978–1980)
1978 Northwestern 0–10–1 0–8–1 10th
1979 Northwestern 1–10 0–9 10th
1980 Northwestern 0–11 0–9 10th
Northwestern: 1–31–1 0–26–1
Total: 1–31–1
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game.


Team Year Regular Season Postseason
Won LostTiesWin %FinishWonLostWin %Result
IND*1991 1100.0915th in AFC East
IND Total 1100.091
NO*1996 170.1255th in NFC West
NO Total 170.125
Total 2170.105

* Interim head coach.


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