Randy Rich, 2013 Inductee

Randy Rich

In his three year varsity football career, Randy gained over 2400 yards and is considered one of North High’s top ball carriers in the school’s history.  Often considered small and slow for his specialties, running back, defensive back, punt and kickoff returner, Randy maximized his skills with aggressiveness and intense desire.  Those skills earned him a full ride athletic scholarship to the University of New Mexico.

But football wasn’t the only sport Randy played while at North High.  As a freshman, he was on the Junior Varsity Baseball Team, and, he lettered in Track as a sophomore and junior as well.  He was a three-year, first team, varsity running back and defensive back for the Stars from 1969-1971, was voted Co-MVP of his team as a junior and was MVP of the 1970 undefeated football team.   In 1971, the Stars came back to win a three-way tie for the League championship.  He was voted to the All City teams in 1971 and 1972, and was named All–City Back of the Year in 1972.  Randy was also Student Body Vice President his senior year.

After graduating from North High, Randy was selected to play in the third annual Aloha Bowl in Honolulu, Hawaii.  He was one of 28 players chosen to participate in this bowl game pitting the top California graduating seniors against those from Hawaii.  Three California high school football coaches picked the players based on their football ability, citizenship and desire to play football.  Randy’s desire to play the game might have come from his two older brothers, Darrell and Roger, who both played football at North High.

At the University of New Mexico, Randy became the first freshman ever to start in the defensive backfield for the Lobos.  He retained that position for the remainder of his college career, leading the nation in punt returns his senior year.  For three years running, he was voted All WAC Defensive Back of the Year.  After college, he played four and a half years in the NFL as a defensive back and special team player for the Denver Broncos, the Detroit Lions, and, the Cleveland Browns including Super Bowl XII for the Broncos.  Randy was inducted into the Bob Elias Hall of Fame in 1996.

Randy retired from the NFL and spent the next eighteen years in broadcasting as the President and General Manager of the oldest contemporary Christian music station in the United States.  During his time at KLYT, he was a leader in developing regional satellite networks and was awarded the National Station Manager of the Year in 1997.  With the development of a multi media interactive video program called “Change Your World”, he was able to present a message of hope and encouragement in hundreds of schools across the country.  Apart from his relationship with his three daughters, this was the most rewarding thing he has done.

In May of 2009, Randy began a new phase in his life when he accepted his current position as Vice President of Philanthropy at K-LOVE and Air 1 Radio Networks.  Both networks aim to effectively communicate the Gospel message to those who don’t know or fully understand it, through full time contemporary Christian music.

Randy and his wife, Cathy McCall, live in Roseville, California.