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Rick Upchurch's Hardest Hit
Published: 2016/05/09
Channel: Kool 107.9
Rick Upchurch looks back at the 1977 "Orange Crush" Broncos
Rick Upchurch looks back at the 1977 "Orange Crush" Broncos
Published: 2015/08/12
Channel: The Sports Show with Woody Paige and Les Shapiro
Rick Upchurch BURNS the Colts secondary!!!
Rick Upchurch BURNS the Colts secondary!!!
Published: 2016/06/11
Channel: Broncos13 Fan
Electric Football with Rick Upchurch
Electric Football with Rick Upchurch
Published: 2016/01/28
Channel: broncoplanet
FOX Covers Bronco
FOX Covers Bronco's Marvin Austin ~ Rick Upchurch with Dr Vetanze
Published: 2014/11/11
Channel: TeslaEnergyLights
Upchurch- KID ROCK (cowboy remix)
Upchurch- KID ROCK (cowboy remix)
Published: 2017/03/02
Channel: Ryan Upchurch
Ryan Upchurch "Rollin Stoned" (Official Video)
Ryan Upchurch "Rollin Stoned" (Official Video)
Published: 2016/12/15
Channel: Ryan Upchurch
Rick Upchurch: Why I love Emmanuel Sanders
Rick Upchurch: Why I love Emmanuel Sanders
Published: 2015/08/12
Channel: The Sports Show with Woody Paige and Les Shapiro
"Posed to be in love" Redneck Remix 🤘🏼💯
"Posed to be in love" Redneck Remix 🤘🏼💯
Published: 2016/06/15
Channel: Ryan Upchurch
Rick Upchurch
Rick Upchurch
Published: 2016/01/12
Channel: Audiopedia
Redneck Souljers - Fish (Lil Wayne, Rick Ross - "John" Remix)
Redneck Souljers - Fish (Lil Wayne, Rick Ross - "John" Remix)
Published: 2011/12/14
Channel: Redneck Souljers
Lost Marbles - clip from Hook
Lost Marbles - clip from Hook
Published: 2009/04/11
Channel: Rick Upchurch
Proverbs for Living a Fulfilling Life #18
Proverbs for Living a Fulfilling Life #18
Published: 2017/06/09
Channel: Rick Upchurch
The Adult Learner
The Adult Learner
Published: 2014/04/23
Channel: Rick Upchurch
Faculty Roles
Faculty Roles
Published: 2014/04/22
Channel: Rick Upchurch
Proverbs for Living a Fulfilling Life #27
Proverbs for Living a Fulfilling Life #27
Published: 2017/08/07
Channel: Rick Upchurch
Rick Upchurch
Rick Upchurch
Published: 2016/03/03
Channel: John Hutchinson
Leadership - Polar Express
Leadership - Polar Express
Published: 2009/04/11
Channel: Rick Upchurch
Proverbs for Living a Fulfilling Life #28
Proverbs for Living a Fulfilling Life #28
Published: 2017/08/14
Channel: Rick Upchurch
Rick Upchurch: Denver Broncos 5 Time Pro Bowler!
Rick Upchurch: Denver Broncos 5 Time Pro Bowler!
Published: 2016/10/28
Channel: mike goodpaster
Rick Upchurch
Rick Upchurch's motivational speech to Denver Office Cleaning Service
Published: 2015/11/03
Channel: Keith Jones
Rick Upchurch Fights Cancer Tailgate Party
Rick Upchurch Fights Cancer Tailgate Party
Published: 2015/09/28
Channel: Brian Wiley
Proverbs for Living a Fulfilling Life #4
Proverbs for Living a Fulfilling Life #4
Published: 2017/04/06
Channel: Rick Upchurch
Faculty Role in Belhaven
Faculty Role in Belhaven's Mission
Published: 2014/04/22
Channel: Rick Upchurch
1970 High School Yearbook Annual Rick Upchurch Denver Broncos Football Star
1970 High School Yearbook Annual Rick Upchurch Denver Broncos Football Star
Published: 2015/10/27
Channel: photographbuyer
Proverbs for Living a Fulfilling Life #19
Proverbs for Living a Fulfilling Life #19
Published: 2017/06/19
Channel: Rick Upchurch
Former NFL Star Rick Upchurch Coaches Basketball at Fort Washakie School
Former NFL Star Rick Upchurch Coaches Basketball at Fort Washakie School
Published: 2010/05/15
Channel: VFNewsStories
Proverbs for Living a Fulfilling Life #26
Proverbs for Living a Fulfilling Life #26
Published: 2017/08/03
Channel: Rick Upchurch
Rick Upchurch
Rick Upchurch
Published: 2016/03/15
Channel: All Youtuber Video
Proverbs for Living a Fulfilling Life #17
Proverbs for Living a Fulfilling Life #17
Published: 2017/06/09
Channel: Rick Upchurch
Proverbs for Living a Fulfilling Life #3
Proverbs for Living a Fulfilling Life #3
Published: 2017/04/04
Channel: Rick Upchurch
Rickey Foggie, Tony Collins, Michael Jackson, Rick Upchurch & Richmond Webb
Rickey Foggie, Tony Collins, Michael Jackson, Rick Upchurch & Richmond Webb
Published: 2016/06/01
Channel: ThursdayNight Tailgate
Super Bowl 50 NFL Gold Football SpringfieldHS  Upchurch Web
Super Bowl 50 NFL Gold Football SpringfieldHS Upchurch Web
Published: 2016/02/06
Channel: Student News Net SLOG-ITT
Proverbs for Living a Fulfilling Life #2
Proverbs for Living a Fulfilling Life #2
Published: 2017/03/22
Channel: Rick Upchurch
Rick Upchurch HD
Rick Upchurch HD
Published: 2016/03/17
Channel: Keith Patete
Broncos Fan Event at Lazydays RV Dealership
Broncos Fan Event at Lazydays RV Dealership
Published: 2017/08/16
Channel: lazydays
Proverbs for Living a Fulfilling Life #6
Proverbs for Living a Fulfilling Life #6
Published: 2017/04/12
Channel: Rick Upchurch
OBM - Football Player - Rick Upchurch
OBM - Football Player - Rick Upchurch
Published: 2016/10/24
Channel: Our Best Moments
Proverbs for Living a Fulfilling Life #1
Proverbs for Living a Fulfilling Life #1
Published: 2017/03/05
Channel: Rick Upchurch
Rare Breed Golf
Rare Breed Golf
Published: 2007/12/21
Channel: MesquiteTVNV
Proverbs for Living a Fulfilling Life #22
Proverbs for Living a Fulfilling Life #22
Published: 2017/07/03
Channel: Rick Upchurch
Denver Broncos Super Bowl 50 Special
Denver Broncos Super Bowl 50 Special
Published: 2016/02/02
Channel: broncoplanet
Proverbs for Living a Fulfilling Life #8
Proverbs for Living a Fulfilling Life #8
Published: 2017/04/24
Channel: Rick Upchurch
Proverbs for Living a Fulfilling Life #5
Proverbs for Living a Fulfilling Life #5
Published: 2017/04/10
Channel: Rick Upchurch
Proverbs for Living a Fulfilling Life #21
Proverbs for Living a Fulfilling Life #21
Published: 2017/06/26
Channel: Rick Upchurch
Proverbs for Living a Fulfilling Life #11
Proverbs for Living a Fulfilling Life #11
Published: 2017/05/11
Channel: Rick Upchurch
Proverbs for Living a Fulfilling Life #24
Proverbs for Living a Fulfilling Life #24
Published: 2017/07/24
Channel: Rick Upchurch
Principle of Life #1 - All of Life can be Reduced to Relationships
Principle of Life #1 - All of Life can be Reduced to Relationships
Published: 2017/03/06
Channel: Rick Upchurch
Mind Mup Tutorial Using Scripture
Mind Mup Tutorial Using Scripture
Published: 2017/04/10
Channel: Rick Upchurch
Proverbs for Living a Fulfilling Life #15
Proverbs for Living a Fulfilling Life #15
Published: 2017/06/02
Channel: Rick Upchurch
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Rick Upchurch
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Upchurch in 2014
No. 80
Position: Wide receiver
Return specialist
Personal information
Date of birth: (1952-05-20) May 20, 1952 (age 65)
Place of birth: Toledo, Ohio
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
High school: Holland (OH) Springfield
College: Minnesota
NFL Draft: 1975 / Round: 4 / Pick: 95
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Return Touchdowns: 8
Punt return yards: 3,008
Kick return yards: 2,355
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Ricky "Rick" Upchurch (born May 20, 1952) is a former professional American football player who played wide receiver for the Denver Broncos (1975–1983) of the National Football League (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 High School in Holland, Ohio. In 2000, Upchurch was named one of the 300 best NFL players of all time.[1]

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. In the 1977 season, he led the NFL with 653 punt return yards and assisted his team to their first ever Super Bowl appearance. 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 three more times (1978, 1979, 1982). He finished his nine-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: eight returning punts, 24 receiving, and three rushing. He was also selected All-Pro five times. At the time of his retirement, he was the NFL's career leader in punt return yards, and his eight 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.

After his retirement from the NFL, Upchurch coached football at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas during the early to mid-1990s. In 2005, Upchurch became the head football coach at East High School in Pueblo, Colorado in 2005, where the team posted a 1-19 record in his two seasons as head coach. Upchurch currently resides in Mesquite, Nevada, and frequently visits nearby communities such as St. George, Utah, and Logandale, Nevada, to sign autographs for Broncos fans. Upchurch is ranked the sixth-greatest return specialist in NFL history on NFL Network's NFL Top 10 Return Aces.

As of 2017's NFL off-season, Rick Upchurch held at least 11 Broncos franchise records, including:

  • Punt Returns: career (248), season (51 in 1977), game (8 on 1978-10-22 @BAL; with Trindon Holliday)
  • Punt Return Yds: career (3,008), season (653 in 1977)
  • Punt Return TDs: career (8), season (4 in 1976), game (2 on 1976-09-26 CLE; with Darrien Gordon)
  • Total Return Yds: career (5,363), playoffs (351), playoff season (222 in 1977)

Personal life[edit]

Upchurch dated and was briefly engaged to the former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in the 1970s. She left him because, according to her biographer Marcus Mabry, "She knew the relationship wasn't going to work."[2] He is currently married and has four children.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Russakoff, Dale (February 7, 2005). "How football helped shape Condoleezza the strategist". thestandard.com. 
  2. ^ Mabry, Marcus (May 1, 2007). Twice As Good: Condoleezza Rice and Her Path to Power. Modern Times. ISBN 1-59486-362-8. 

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