American Football Database
American Football Database
Rik Bonness
No. 54, 53     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1954-03-20) March 20, 1954 (age 67)
Place of birth: Borger, Texas
Career information
College: Nebraska
NFL Draft: 1976 / Round: 3 / Pick: 84
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Oakland Raiders (1976)
Career highlights and awards
* Consensus All-American (1975)
Games played     59
Games started     2
Stats at
Stats at

Richard Kyes "Rik" Bonness (born March 20, 1954) is an American former college and professional football player who was linebacker for four seasons in the National Football League (NFL). A consensus All-American at Nebraska as a center, he played professionally for the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Born in Borger, Texas, Bonness played high school football at Bellevue High School in Bellevue, Nebraska, a suburb south of Omaha. He graduated in 1972 and then received a scholarship to the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, the two-time defending national champions under head coach Bob Devaney. Bonness and played center for the Conrnhuskers on the offensive line under new head coach Tom Osborne.

Following his senior season in 1975, Bonness was a consensus first-team All-American, having received first-team honors from Associated Press (AP), United Press International (UPI), Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF), American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), and Football News.[1]

The Oakland Raiders chose Bonness in the third round of the 1976 NFL Draft (84th overall). He played linebacker as a pro and appeared in 59 games across four seasons for the Raiders ( 1976), Tampa Bay Buccaneers ( 1977 1979) and New York Giants ( 1980). He saw no regular season action in 1980.[2]


  1. 2014 NCAA Football Records Book, Award Winners[dead link], National Collegiate Athletic Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, pp. 10 & 14 (2014). Retrieved December 26, 2014.
  2., Players, Rik Bonness. Retrieved December 26, 2014.

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