|No. 87, 81, 11, 88|
|Date of birth:March 7, 1968|
|Place of birth: Bronx, New York|
|College: Wake Forest|
|NFL Draft: 1990 / Round: 3 / Pick: 58|
|No regular season or postseason appearances|
| As player:|
* Phoenix / Arizona Cardinals (1990–1994)
| As coach:|
* Carolina Panthers ( 2011– 2012)
|Career highlights and awards|
|* 2× Super Bowl champion (XXXIV, XLI)|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Richard Scott Proehl (born March 7, 1968) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League. Proehl played 17 seasons with the Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, St. Louis Rams, Carolina Panthers, and Indianapolis Colts. He played in four Super Bowls and won two: Super Bowl XXXIV with the Rams and Super Bowl XLI with the Colts. He is remembered as a member of “The Greatest Show on Turf”.
High school career
Proehl graduated in 1986 from Hillsborough High School in Hillsborough, New Jersey, where he starred in both football and baseball. During his senior season in football, he caught 42 passes for 900+ yards and 13 touchdowns. For his efforts that year, he was named a New York All-Metro selection, the Somerset County Player of the Year, and an All-State pick.
Proehl played college football at Wake Forest University, where he was a four-year letterman in football. He holds the school record for receiving yards (2,949 yards), and touchdowns (25), as well as ranking in the top five in receptions and receiving average. He ended his college career playing in the Blue–Gray Football Classic and the East-West All-Star Game.
Proehl was taken in the third round (58th overall) of the 1990 NFL Draft. He set the Cardinals rookie record for receptions and became the first rookie to lead the team in receptions since Bob Shaw in 1950. He played four more seasons for the Cardinals before being traded to the Seattle Seahawks for a draft pick. He spent two seasons with the Seahawks, signed with Chicago for one year, and ended up with the Rams for the start of the 1998 NFL season. As part of "The Greatest Show on Turf", he helped lead the Rams to a championship in the 1999 season at Super Bowl XXXIV. He spent three more seasons with St. Louis before signing with Carolina as a free agent at the start of the 2003 season. He was talked out of retirement for a 16th season by Panther quarterback Jake Delhomme and coach John Fox. Proehl retired and worked as a color analyst with the Rams' television pre-season games and the Rams radio network on various shows and pre-games. On November 29, 2006, Proehl came out of retirement to join the Indianapolis Colts, replacing injured WR Brandon Stokley.
Proehl was hired by the Carolina Panthers on February 1, 2011 as an Offensive Consultant. He was hired to primarily work with the wide receivers. He was Pro Football Focus's second runner up in their Wide Receiver Coach of the Year award.
Proehl is known for his role in three memorable playoff games:
- As a member of the Rams in the 1999 NFC Championship Game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Proehl recorded six receptions for 100 yards and caught the game-winning touchdown pass with 4:44 to play. The Rams won 11–6 and went on to win the Super Bowl.
- Two years later, in Super Bowl XXXVI against the New England Patriots, with the Rams trailing 17–10, Proehl caught a touchdown pass with 1:30 to play to tie the game, but the Patriots won on a last-second field goal by Adam Vinatieri, 20–17.
- Two years after that, in Super Bowl XXXVIII against New England, this time as a member of the Panthers, Proehl again caught a touchdown pass with 1:08 remaining in the fourth quarter to tie the game. However, the Patriots won the game on another last-second field goal by Vinatieri, 32–29.
- Proehl and Vinatieri became teammates in Indianapolis and were part of the Colts team that won Super Bowl XLI.
Super Bowl statistics
- Super Bowl XXXIV: 1 reception, 11 yards – St. Louis 23, Tennessee 16
- Super Bowl XXXVI: 3 receptions, 71 yards, 1 touchdown – New England 20, St. Louis 17
- Super Bowl XXXVIII: 4 receptions, 71 yards, 1 touchdown – New England 32, Carolina 29
- Proehl did not catch a pass in Super Bowl XLI.
|1998||St. Louis Rams||60||771||3|
|1999||St. Louis Rams||33||349||0|
|2000||St. Louis Rams||31||441||4|
|2001||St. Louis Rams||40||563||5|
|2002||St. Louis Rams||43||466||4|
Proehl and his wife, Kelly, live in Greensboro, North Carolina. The couple have three children: one daughter named Alex, and two sons named Austin and Blake. Austin played wide receiver at the University of North Carolina. He was selected in the 2018 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills as the 255th overall pick and is currently on the practice squad of the Los Angeles Rams. Blake signed a letter of intent to play football at East Carolina University on February 1, 2017.
- "Shula, Proehl promoted; Rodgers retained". http://www.panthers.com/news/article-2/Shula-Proehl-promoted-Rodgers-retained-/00420dd9-7407-4aa8-b642-7a005ca2adb1.
- "News and Analysis for NFL and Fantasy Football – Pro Football Focus". https://www.profootballfocus.com/blog/2016/01/20/pro-pffs-2015-nfl-positional-coaches-of-the-year-awards/.
- "Super Bowl 50 - Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers - February 7th, 2016". Pro-Football-Reference.com. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/201602070den.htm. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
- "ECU Pirates Official Athletic Site". http://www.ecupirates.com/news/2017/2/1/football-6-50-am-update-national-signing-day-central.aspx.
- "Our Story – Proehlific Park". http://proehlificpark.com/letter-from-ricky-proehl/.
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