Rick Casares was born in Tampa, Florida, and went to Thomas Jefferson High School there. Casares was a stupendous athlete who played football, basketball, and baseball as well as taking part in track and field athlete. A Golden Gloves Champion, sports kept him interested in school and led him to the University of Florida where the 6-foot-2 226 pound fullback and kicker played for the Gators. Rated as one of the best backs and kickers of the 1950s at Florida, Casares was also one of the best on the basketball team. He was capable of playing most any sport. He played at Florida from 1951-1953 before he was drafted into the Army. He was a second round draft choice for the Bears in the 1954 draft. He played for the Bears from 1955-1964, which included the 1963 Championship Team. He finished his career with limited service with the Washington Redskins (1965) and the Miami Dolphins (1966). He led the league in rushing in 1956 with 1,126 yards and was All Pro that year. He was invited to 5 Pro Bowls. For the Bears, he carried the ball 1,386 times in his career for 5,657 yard and 49 touchdowns. His career numbers were 1,431 rushed for 5,797 for 49 touchdowns. Casares was listed on the Top 100 Greatest Bears of All Time.

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