I was blown away when I heard about Rick's passing. He and I were buds both at St. Irenaeus and at REHS. We played basketball and football together, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a fiercer competitor or a better teammate. He went on to win all-conference honors as a lineman in football, but lest we forget, he was a terrific basketball player too. He was the star of our St. I team, and was a starter as a freshman and also on the frosh-soph team. We lost track of each other for 40 years, but then we both attended the mini-reunion in the Rockies in 2005. Then Rick hosted a Super Bowl reunion at his home in 2007, and we all had a blast. I've got a couple of his professional photos hanging on my walls. I'll miss you, Rick! Rest in peace.