Started collegiate career at the University of Missouri and switched to Northeast Missouri.
Played tight end and offensive tackle in college.
10th round draft choice of Green Bay in 1968 where he was being groomed as a successor to Willie Davis at DE.
Atlanta grabbed him off the waiver wire in the final pre-season cut, and he played both OT and DE for the Falcons in 1968.
Came to Patriots in 1972 (along with LA’s No. 1 draft choice in 1973) in the Fred Dryer trade
Special teams captain in 1972. Sacked the quarterback four times in 1973
Had played in 28 straight regular-season games since joining the Patriots, starting in the last 27 outings.
Rick Cash was born and raised in St. Louis, Mo., where he attended Webster Groves High School as a three-sport letterman.
He went on to play football and basketball at Northeast Missouri State (now Truman State) and the University of Missouri and later received his Masters in Education and Management from Webster State, a degree he would later use as assistant supervisor of schools in Mansfield, Texas.
In 1968, Rick was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the 10th round. He also played a year for the Atlanta Falcons and two for the Los Angeles Rams in 1969 and 1970 before coming to the Patriots in 1972.
While at New England, Rick was named special teams co-captain one year and defensive captain another as a defensive end.
After his NFL career ended after the 1973 season, Rick also played a year in the World Football League for the Philadelphia Bell and the San Antonio Wings.
His after-football years were filled with as much, if not more, sports success. Through his work with the City of Boston and the Governor’s Council, Rick landed a job as the boys’ basketball coach at Charlestown High. There, he led the Townies to several State Championships and, to this day, still wears one of the rings signifying that accomplishment.
He also later coached football for Somerville and Belmont high schools in Massachusetts.
Proposition 2 1/2 was a killer on school budgets, particularly sports, and Rick decided to accept the aforementioned job in Texas. But when it was time to retire, he and his wife Joan, who hailed from Plymouth, Mass., decided to make New England their home once again.
Retirement did not last long for Rick; he is currently serving as the Athletic Director for Scituate High School in Scituate, MA. He is also doing consulting work for Huckabee, Inc., an architect firm in Fort Worth, Texas. He is involved in many projects, including a 12,000 seat stadium for the Mansfield Texas school district.
Rick stays active fishing, playing racquetball and as an avid runner participating in 5k and 10k races and the occasional marathon. He has five children whose ages range from 33-44.