Rick Upchurch
American football player
Rick Upchurch
Richard “Rick” Upchurch is a former professional American football player who played wide receiver for the Denver Broncos (1975–1983) of the NFL. Before his NFL career, he played for Centerville Community College in Centerville, Iowa and the University of Minnesota and went to high school at Springfield Local High School in Holland, Ohio. In 2000, Upchurch was named one of the 300 best NFL players of all time.
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NFL DRAFT: Jets Grab QB Petty in Trade
NYTimes - almost 2 years
The NFL draft is all about the future. Except when legends of the game steal the show, as Jim Kelly, Dick Butkus, Ickey Woods and Rick Upchurch did in the second round.
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Pat Gallagher: 12 Post 50 Celebs Who Have Never Married
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Back in the day when some of us were wearing petticoats, circle pins and saddle shoes, marriage was almost a rite of passage for young women. If a girl didn't have "a ring on it" by the time she was in her early 20s, the term "old maid" came into play. In 2013, not so much. Marriage is now -- thankfully -- a choice. Since the beginning of time, it seems men have never felt the pinch to get married unless encouraged by the sweet young thing he was dating or by the sweet young thing's anxious father after finding out there was a bun in the oven (thus the term "shotgun wedding" became the popular slang... so glad those days are over!). Happily, marriage works for millions of couples, but people who make the choice never to marry are the bold men and women who don't give a happy hoot what other people think. So The Huffington Post is happy to run down the list of some of our favorite celebrities who stand by their convictions that marriage is an option... and thus, have chosen ...
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John Saw It, He Know's, And He Remembers.
Mile High Report - almost 5 years
Perhaps John Elway was born too late. In the 1977 season, the year of the Denver Broncos first Super Bowl apearence, "The Orange Crush" was in full force, five Bronco players made the Pro Bowl. They were: RILB Randy Gradishar ROLB Tom Jackson RDE Lyle Alzado (FEAR THE RIGHT SIDE!) SS Bill Thompson LCB Lois Wright Buy the time the Colts had traded Elway to the Denver Broncos six years later, (on May 2, 1983) three of those Pro Bowlers were still there. (Randy Gradishar, Tom Jackson and Louis Wright) The 1983 draft was an interesting one. Lets take a look at that one and a couple others and you'll understand the point of this post. Here was the 83 draft: Rnd 1 Chris Hinton OG (went to the Colts in the trade for John) 2 Mark Cooper OT (played for us 5 years before heading to Tampa Bay and is still my favorite blogger at denverbroncos.com.) 3 Clint Sampson WR (left football after 4 years having never started a game) 5 George Ha ...
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Some of the NFL's best all-time return men - USA Today
Google News - over 5 years
Other notable return men from the NFL's past include Jack Christiansen (eight punt return TDs), Ollie Matson (six kickoffs, three punts returned for TDs), and Rick Upchurch (eight punt returns for TDs)
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Sanzenbacher Signs, UT #1 and Upchurch Returns - Toledo On The Move
Google News - over 5 years
The UT Rocket football team was picked to win the MAC West Division and MAC title game at MAC media day. BGSU was picked to finish 5th in the MAC East. Springfield alum and former Denver Bronco Rick Upchurch was back in northwest Ohio
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A Life Between
NYTimes - over 6 years
EXTRAORDINARY, ORDINARY PEOPLE A Memoir of Family By Condoleezza Rice Illustrated. 342 pp. Crown Archetype. $27 As of 2005, the United States had a black, female secretary of state, and yet black America has largely observed this more than celebrated it. There is a tacit sense ''out there'' that Condoleezza Rice isn't black in the ''real'' way, as
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BOOKS OF THE TIMES; Not a Hint Of the Storms In the Offing
NYTimes - over 6 years
EXTRAORDINARY, ORDINARY PEOPLE A Memoir of Family By Condoleeza Rice 342 pages. Illustrated. Crown Archetype. $27. Condoleezza Rice's memoir, ''Extraordinary, Ordinary People,'' ends where most readers would probably rather it began: with the 2000 election, the recount in Florida and the Supreme Court ruling that put George W. Bush in the White
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PRO FOOTBALL; Special Performer On Ravens' Return Team
NYTimes - about 16 years
Jermaine Lewis, all of 5 feet 7 and 180 pounds, towers over only one person in the Baltimore Ravens locker room: his 3-year-old son, J. J. As his son slithered between a stool and the massive legs of Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, darted off the block of an unsuspecting camera operator and dashed into the clear near his father's locker, Lewis
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SPORTS OF THE TIMES; Gambling On Football? Incredible!
NYTimes - over 27 years
LEAD: rrA story broke the other day that the state of Oregon has instituted weekly betting on National Football League games. When this happened, there was a great thud heard on Park Avenue around 55th Street in Manhattan, where the N.F.L. office is located. The thud was the result of several N.F.L. officials crashing to the floor in a dead faint.
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SPORTS PEOPLE; ; Johnson Not Giving Up
NYTimes - over 32 years
Billy (White Shoes) Johnson, the 32- year-old Atlanta wide receiver and return man who suffered the third major knee injury of his career during the Falcons' victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday, said that he might never play football again but that he was not willing to give up yet. ''Whether I'll play football again is not for me to say,''
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SPORTS PEOPLE; ; Billy Johnson Out
NYTimes - over 32 years
Billy (White Shoes) Johnson , who in his long pro career has made a habit of turning runbacks into spectacles, may be lost for the season. Johnson, who is just 54 yards short of Rick Upchurch 's National Football League record for punt-return yardage, tore a ligament in his right knee during the Atlanta Falcons' victory over the Los Angeles Rams on
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SPORTS PEOPLE; Upchurch Retires
NYTimes - over 32 years
Rick Upchurch, whose career punt- return yardage of 3,008 set an N.F.L. record, retired from the Denver Broncos at age 32 because of what doctors had told him was the potential for spinal-cord damage. Upchurch, a victim of several recent back injuries, said at a news conference in Denver: ''I'm just going to miss the game so much. My body is going
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SPORTS OF THE TIMES; A BEVY OF BRUISES
NYTimes - about 33 years
Athigh. A neck. A leg. Is it an anatomy class? A butcher's inventory? It's the National Football League's injury report! Each week readers of many newspapers across the country are treated to a long list of the limp and halt among the 28 teams. On the report for any given weekend, there may be more than 300 players, catalogued with more than 400
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Transactions
NYTimes - about 33 years
BASEBALL BALTIMORE (AL) - Acquired Wayne Gross, third baseman, from Oakland for Tim Stoddard, pitcher. METS (NL) - Sent Bob Bailor, infielder, to Los Angeles to complete an earlier trade. TORONTO (AL) - Traded Barry Bonnell, outfielder, to Seattle for Bryan Clark, left-handed pitcher. BASKETBALL PHOENIX (NBA) - Signed Larry Nance, forward, to 5
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Rick Upchurch
    FORTIES
  • 2000
    Age 47
    In 2000, Upchurch was named one of the 300 best NFL players of all time.
    More Details Hide Details In his nine NFL seasons, Upchurch excelled as a receiver and a kick returner on special teams. In his rookie season, he rushed for 97 yards, caught 18 passes for 436 yards, returned 27 punts for 312 yards, and added another 1,014 yards returning kickoffs. In his second season, he set an NFL record by returning four punts for touchdowns and made the Pro Bowl.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1977
    Age 24
    In the 1977 season, he led the NFL with 653 punt return yards and assisted his team to their first ever Super Bowl appearance.
    More Details Hide Details The Broncos lost Super Bowl XII to the Dallas Cowboys 27-10, but he had a good performance in the game. Upchurch amassed 125 total offensive yards (94 kickoff return, 22 punt return, 9 receiving), including a Super Bowl record 67-yard kickoff return in the 3rd quarter that set up Denver’s only touchdown of the game. Upchurch stayed with the Broncos until the 1983 season. He led the NFL in punt return average twice (1978 and 1982), and was selected to the pro bowl 3 more times (1978, 1979, 1982). He finished his 9 season career with 49 carries for 349 rushing yards, 267 receptions for 4,369 yards, 248 punt returns for 3,008 yards, and 95 kickoff returns for 2,355 yards. Overall, Upchurch gained 10,081 total yards and scored 35 touchdowns: 8 punt return, 24 receiving, 3 rushing. He was also selected All-Pro 5 times. At the time of his retirement, his 8 punt returns for touchdowns tied the NFL record shared by Jack Christiansen. He is one of five players to record a career average of over 12 yards per punt return.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1952
    Born
    Born on May 20, 1952.
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