A native Washingtonian, Rick graduated from Springbrook High School in 1972. He was a captain of the baseball and football teams and lettered in basketball as well. As a center fielder and lead-off hitter, he was named to the Washington DC All-Met team in 1971. His team won the Montgomery County championship that same year as Rick compiled a .379 batting average – in one game Rick stole four bases in a single inning. In the summer months, Rick played on a team with two other JCC Hall of Famers, Danny and Kevin Bass. Danny was the coach. In football, Rick played halfback and his speed and elusiveness allowed him to be named to the All-Montgomery County team in 1972. In one high school game he scored 5 touchdowns, and rushed for more than 200 yards in two games as a senior. Rick frequently played entire games both as a halfback and safety. Rick attended Lehigh University as a scholarship player from 1972-197 6. As a freshman tailback, Rick rushed for more than 100 yards in three games – one in which he had a 97-yard touchdown yard from scrimmage which still stands as a Le high record. As a sophomore, Rick switched to defense and soon became known as a lock-down cornerback, playing bump- and -run from the line of scrimmage. He was a member of the 1973 and 1975 Lambert Cup Championship teams, emblematic of the top Eastern football program among mid-sized colleges. Rick’s athletics did not stop after college graduation. From 1978 to 1992 he was a men’s high school and college basketball referee. At age 54, Rick made 122 foul shots in a row during his quest to become a legitimate 90% free throw shooter.