Casares, Rick 2008-05-23

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Interviewee Name: Rick Casares

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Date: May 23, 2008

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Jorge Iber

Length: 01:33:19


Introduction, Sports Background, Born in Tampa, Florida, Family roots, Growing up in Patterson, NJ, Formative years in football, Boxing prospects, Golden Gloves Champion, Delinquency risk, Conflict with mother, Jefferson High School recollections, Bond with his football coach, Self Identity, High school years, Being an outcast, Enjoyed playing Football, Playoff structure, Role of sports reporters, Recruitment process, University of Kentucky recollections, University of Florida, Reasons for his selection, College life, Led Florida Gators to Gator bowl, No encounters with racism, Life in the military (drafted), Professional Career, Joined Chicago Bears in 1955, Impression of Chicago, Recollections of playing for Miami Dolphins, Spoke Spanish and Italian, Recollection of his first carry for NFL, 3rd game of the season, Split formation, Scored an 81 yard touchdown, No offending terms usage in Florida, Achievements and Recognition, 1956, Playoff team “Frozen Field” game, 1963, Chicago Bears won the NFL championship, Led the league in rushing, Pay/salary in the NFL, Offered higher pay for the Canadian league, Persuaded by George Halas, Other Recollections, Military time period, Based at Fort Jackson, SC, General was a sports fanatic, The championship game of 1963, Played against the New York Giants, Best Defense, 1964 Lackluster performance- Poor offense, George Halas’s Strategies, Money Minded, 1956 game-Got a bonus, Lean & mean Players, About Ed Brown, Reasons for being traded to Alabama, Ankle injury, Thoughts about the NFL Players’ Association, Recollections of Miami in 1960s, Influx of Cuban Americans, Great team mates throughout his career, Family details, End of interview

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