Rick's name crossed my mind so I went on-line to see if there was any information about him and discovered he had passed. As an out-of-state student from Virginia at the University of Florida in September 1951, it didn't take long to find out who was the most popular man on the campus. It was Rick. Although I never had a chance to meet him, his presence was felt everywhere. I remember that 1949 light blue Buick that he owned. It was mostly visible parked near the dormitory where the football players lived but occasionally I would see him driving around with Joe-Joe D'Agostino riding shotgun. Of course he was fun to watch him playing football or basketball and he was a real asset to the Gators. Years later, in 1965, when I was living in northern Virginia, I went to a Washington Redskins - Chicago Bears football game and saw Rick play for the Redskins. It was good seeing Rick in person again. It was not a good night for Rick and I left the stadium sad. Rick paid his dues in life as exemplified by the remarks in this guest book. I wish I had met somewhere along the way.
Federal Way, WA
while i didnt know rick,i grew up in chicago and watched him all the time during his career wiith the bears ...and ended up following him into the NFL myself ... meaning you never know who`s life you thouch when your out there
I can't begin to say what a great man Rick was. I am proud and honored to have known him and call him my friend. Rest in peace my friend until we meet again. What a tremendous loss for everyone. My deepest condolences to Polly and the rest of the family.
I followed Ricks career as I was growing up. My father wanted to name me Rick but he knew it would be a big burden for me. Rick was my Dads and my hero.
Rest in piece
Ihad the fortune to play w/ Rick at Jefferson on the Basketball team and track. He was a good friend and has given memoriesI will never forget.
I never met you Rick and I am just one of your many old time fans. You were however one of my childhood heroes. Just found out about your death today (9-23-13) and I am saddened because a piece of me, and/or my life, has passed on also. May GOD bless and keep you Mr. Casares.
My deepest condolences to Rick's wife, family, and friends. He will be greatly missed. R.I.P. Rick
Our deepest sympathies are with the family of Rick.
Rick and I played against each other in high school but became teammates at UF. He was and still is still considered one of the all time greats at UF. I followed his career wHen he played with the Bears and he was a member of our Golden Era Gators.mrest in peace my friend! You will be missed.
Met Rick during Polly and my High School
Class Reunions. Every subsequent Reunion;I've looked forward to seeing him,talking Football and discussing
memories from the past, Being the same
age, we clicked instantly. what a great
guy..absolutely unforgetable!..Sure will be missed. Sincere condolences
to my friend Polly & family.
I was a 22 year old free agent defensive end from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN, in the summer of 1966 at the Miami Dolphins training camp. Mostly, the defensive players hung out together. But one day on the bus that took us to the practice field, Rick Caseres sat down next to me. I was pretty much in awe, but he set me at ease immediately. He didn't really know anyone either, and over the next several weeks while I was in camp we had several conversations on a range of topics, mostly football and life in the NFL. He treated me like a person instead of nobody rookie free agent. He probably never even noticed when I got cut from the team, but his decency to me made a huge impression and I never forgot it. Meeting him was the highlight of my time with the Dolphins. He was a terrific professional and a good guy who, unlike many of the highly paid rookies back then,had his head on straight and knew how to treat people.
I want to extend my sympathies to the family on their loss.
La Crosse, Wisconsin
Blue skies tropical waters serene sunsets
I had the honor to meet Rick at Jefferson in 1965. He taught me how to punt a football. Thanks for the memories, Rick. You certainly made football more exciting. May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Mr Casares, your legacy is an Inspiration. R.I.P Sir
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
May God comfort the family and friends during this time of grief. We can all look forward to the time when death will be no more and instead of tears of sorrow there will be tears of happiness.
I knew Rick while we were students at Florida. He was very popular, both as a person and as an outstanding athlete. Thanks for the memories, Rick. You certainly made football and basketball games exciting. Rest in peace.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Polly and aunt Vivian. RIP and say hello to my Dad "uncle Turk" God Bless
From your long time friend. I will miss you.
When I was about eight years old (1961), my Dad ha a football jersey made for me for my 1st Holy Communion . . . the number he had on it was 35 . . . I was a fan of Rick's until he retired! Great inspiration! RIP, Rick!
You made my life following your career a real pleasure. I'll never forget you. Rest in peace my friend.
Dr. Joe Spoto
May you be at peace now and you will always be remembered by our family - my dad loved you as his own son - Rick was a great man "Gentle Giant" the Chicago Bears were lucky to have you 0 I remember the "Shaving Commercials" on television and could not believe this was our cousin - from our family to yours our deepest condolences. You will be missed
My parents knew Rick when they were students at UF. They always said he was a remarkable person and athlete. I probably met him when I was a baby. You go Gator!
I'm sorry for your loss. Losing someone is never easy. But God has promised us he will rid us of the sting of death. (1 Corinthians 15:55-57)
Many Condolences to Rick's family in your loss. I did not know Rick but had heard of him and watched him play football & his many accomplishments. I am an entertainer in the area and remember him ocming to one of places I played and when he asked for a song that I played for him, he showed such great appreciation for the song and shook my hand, something I will always remember.
Sincerely, Johnny Charro
MY SYMPATHY TO THE FAMILY. MAY YOU DRAW COMFORT FROM GOD'S WORD FOR IT IS A HEALING TO US. PHILIPPIANS 4:7.
Rest in peace Rick...find Lou the Greek and get a card game started. I will cherish those memories when you would join the group at my house on Tuesday evenings. You were a kind, gentle soul with a wonderful heart. God Bless you and your family as they will need His strength to get through this hard time. My prayers go out to Polly and his family.
Denise of Tampa, FL
To the Family. I was glad to read Rick was sitting at his desk figuring odds when the call came to make his journey to heaven and surely he has. I only had the pleasure of meeting him twice but was overwhelmed by this big bear of a man being so sweet and soft spoken. He had such a great appreciation for even the smallest things. You have my heartfelt sympathies in your loss but we, too, have lost a true Jefferson Dragon who never forgot us, always gave JHS credit. Thank you for sharing him with the world. He was greatly loved and admired. Bless you all with God's guidance to get thru this sad time.
Wynelle Gilbert, JHS '44
Curator, JHS Alumni Museum at Waters
My deepest sympathies go out to the Casares family. I am 60 years old, so by the time I started paying attention to the NFL Mr. Casares was not playing that much. My brother, who was 16 years older than me, told me about the great Rick Casares. My brother was a big fan of Rick. In my brother's eyes there were three great running backs, Jim Brown, Jim Taylor, and Rick Casares. Rest in peace, Rick.
Always a winner in my heart!!
My prayers and love are with the Casares family through this great loss. He will be greatly missed. Stay strong Uncle Ernie! I love you.
Rick was a casual friend and I never got to thank him for saving my bacon once in Tampa. I feel the families sorrow my condolences and God bless him- really great man. Ron Martino,Sr, Tampa,fl
Our condolences to the family who knew Mr. Casares best and who will miss him most, thank you for sharing his incredible life with so many his legacy will live on. john 17:3.
Bear nation may your soul rest in peace
Mr. Casares had a great career and a blessed long life. I know the family and friends will miss him greatly. We all look forward to the time when death will be no more as mention at Revelation 3:1-4. Until then may Mr. Casares sleep in peace.
Our heartfelt sympathies are extended to the family and friends. May you find peace and comfort during this difficult time.
I only knew “Good Old Number 35” Rick Casares in the background of my life, but what a role he played. I have a dear friend in Chicago who was a fellow traveler, business partner and best friend to Rick for the years of his playing days, and this old friend revels in the stories and memories of his and Rick's time together. He was very much saddened by Rick's passing, it was as if another element of his life and era had been plucked away, but inevitably it would lead to another story of their bonding and revelry. All is well with memories.
As a life-long Chicago Bears fan, I was able to connect correspond with Rick through his old Chicago friend, and have him sign a couple things (his autographed football card is one of my “good luck” rabbit foots I carry with me when the Bears have an important game). But my favorite piece is a glossy black and white photo, showing Rick and his old pal's mother – who helped Rick get into a business. It is inscribed, “To Pat, Those were the Days! Rick Casares '35' Chicago Bears.” I treasure that photo.
To the family, condolences from Chicago, his past to the present. We revel in the gift of his life. Richard Joseph Casares...Those Were the Days.
My condolences to the Casares Family.
Gwen Henderson, JHS '82, JHS Alumni Assoc.
Thanks for all the memories while with the Chicago Bears. Undoubtedly one of the toughest guys to ever lace 'em up. R.I.P. #35
My Dad played football with Rick during the Golden Era at Fla.
My Dad was Red Mitchum.
I enjoyed seeing Rick every yr. at the football reunions at Plantation , Fla. He was always so, thoughtful and kind. He will be missed by many who, loved and knew him well.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
My good friend took me as a young teenager to the Gator games in Gainsville,FL in the early fifties. Rich Casares wa a star and a favorite as well as an excellent player. I remember him well. Ia m 76 now.
What a life Mr. Casares lived. May the precious memories of the family and friend comfort you at this time. And remember, God is for us a refuge and strength, a help thie is there be found during difficult times. May God provide you with peace and comfort at this time. Psalm 62:8
To my dear friend, Polly. Rick will be sorely missed by all, and I will miss our chats about the Bucs and the Rays. He always had time for a word with me. May he rest in peace, and may the peace of God be with you. Elaine Barnes
My prayers are with you and your family, Polly. I have a picture of him holding me when I'm about 18 months old at my grandma Laura's house on Davis Island, I will treasure it forever. I even remember telling you, before you married him, "that I was going to grow up and marry him". I loved him like he was my father. I know that my father gave his last smile to him. He was one of a kind - RIP Rick.
It has been my pleasure to have known Rick. We met at a Family Special Occasion in nineteen and eighty-eight. He was and will always be a "Giant" of a man,Rick(RIP). Polly and to the family, May God give you comfort. God Bless
Thanks for so Many great memories, and so many thrills at Wrigley Field. My condolences to your family. Vern Naden
You were a relative of my best friends Olga Valdez Antinori and Norma Valdez Hallem and always heard of you in admoration Condolance to your family
Our thoughts and prayers are with Mrs. Casares and her family.
As a youngster growing up in the Detroit area in the early 50's, I remember vividly the bruising Chicago Bears running back who battled our Detroit Lions. Many of us in the Greek community thought Rick was of Greek descent, so even though he was an opponent, we still felt he was one of us. It was not until a few years later did we learn otherwise,yet that did not deter us from still rooting for him.
Rick has left a lasting legacy that his family will always cherish.
"May His Memory Be Forever Eternal"
Became a fan of the Chicago Bears and Rick at age 5; something stuck out about him on that 1958 football card. Growing up in Maryland, my mom and dad took me to the Baltimore Colts-Bears game in November 1962 for my 9th birthday. The Bears demolished the Colts 57-0, Rick scored a touchdown. My mom sent him a letter that evening, describing how he made my birthday special. Still a Bears fan! God must have needed a new fullback. Rest in peace!
Rick was a class guy - a privilege to know him - He would treat a shoe shine boy as he would a millionaire- Good memories - Requiescat in Pace, ol' friend
John J Flood
Cook County Police Department ( RET)
The largest gentlest man that ever lived will be missed but we have great memories forever.
Had the honor and pleasure of knowing Rick in Paterson,NJ....Never forgot us, always welcomed us. Condolences to his sister Vivian, cousin Linda and other members of his family.
I was lucky to have Rick as a neighbor for the past 6 1/2 years. He was a wonderfully kind man and helped me many times. He will be forever missed.
Nancy Worrell- Tampa, Florida
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
I dont know who this is. at all. but im screaming prayers to his family from Morgan City, Louisiana all the way to Tampa ,Florida. •restinparadiserick•
Rick...The nicest and most thoughtful man I ever met. Mary and I will miss you tons...Thanks for all the wonderful memories! God Bless.
Joe and Mary
Polly, we are sorry for your loss but are comforted by the rich memories of you and Rick.
God bless you and your family.
Mondy & Judy Flores
I would like to express my condolences to you on the loss of your loved one. May you allow the peace of God to comfort you during this time of need. (Philippians 4:6,7)
I was privileged to play high school football at Lakeland and Plant against the greatest, most talented, hardest hitting player of that era. I followed Rick as a student to The University of Florida where he excelled at football and basketball. What a great loss, heaven's gain. We will miss you, Rick.
He was the first running back to rush for 1,000 yards in a season in the NFL
Growing up in Jacksonville Beach Florida in the 1950's and 60's I became a Rick Casares and Bear fan because the ladies who ran the bakery at the Beach were from Chicago, and, through them, i discovered my Aunt Mildred once dated Rick at UF. She sent me the Bears' address, and i wrote Rick. He sent me back an autographed picture of himself and a Bear team photo. Because of this act of kindness I have remained a Bear and Casares fan for over 50 years! A true class act, and one of our greatest athletes, R.I.P Rick Casares! WE ARE ALL BETTER FOR HAVING YOU AMONG US.
Sorry for your loss. May God be of comfort and strength during this difficult time. John 16.22
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
May the God of all comfort be with you at this time of grief, may all fond memories stay close to your hearts. Psalms 46:1
what a great bear. gave us so much fun at the games sorry for the families loss...........
When I was a young boy, I idolized Mr. Casares as a Bear's fan. If I remember his number was 35. The number I always wanted to wear. One might see the similarity in my name and my vision was always to be like him.
Rick, one of the nicest, most gentle man I have had the privilege to know, soft spoken and kind. Our loss is Heavens gain.
No bond is stronger than that of a loving family. Cherish each day you spent with Rick. He was a mentor for many for that we are thankful.
DB; New Jersey
My condolences to family and friends.Very sorrow for the loss of your love one
I remember how great he was as a running back, and how he inspired me and others to be the best we could be in football. I know his family misses him greatly.
Rick, you were always a gentleman, soft spoken and it was a pleasure to be in your presence. You are Heavens Gain and our loss. Joe Severino and Family.
My condolences to the family and friends. May you find comfort from the peace of God during this time of sorrow-Phillipians 4:6, 7. E.D. Park Forest, IL.
Sincere condolences. May the God of all comfort provide you with the power beyond what is normal to cope with the loss of Mr. Casares.
We offer our condolences to the Casares family and friends. may the "God of all Comfort" be with you in the days ahead.
We have lost several members of those great Chicago Bears teams,i.e. Harlon Hill and now Rick. So many memories from that era.
One of the all time greatest Chicago Bears !!! And he was a great boxer also R.I.P
Sorry for your loss may the God who cares give you the strength to endure. Php 4:6,7
Had the pleasure of watching Mr Casares play with the mighty Bears teams, a brusing runner who would be great even in today's era. My deepest condolences to the Casares family and may this great man rest in piece.
I began to follow sports, especially football, around 1960--when I was ten years old. Mr. Casares was the first famous person I knew of who was also called Rick, and I remember the great '63 Bears and their championship season. By all accounts not only a great athlete but also a fine man. My condolences to all.
Our deepest sympathies and condolences to
I just talked to him, with in the last few weeks several times.
Had so many enjoyable moments together
in the 1950's and '60s.
He was a remarkable human being and one of my dearest friends.
Rest in peace, and God bless. You were one of the best.
Sorry to learn of Rick Casares passing he was a great running back for the Bears in the 1960s.My condolences to the family!
A crushing and powerful Fullback.A great model of Chicago Bear history.
In life you don't meet many men who are tough guy yet really care about other people. What is said about his ferociousness and tenacity on the field during his years with the Chicago Bears is far from the man off the field. A “Superman” with a heart that matched his size. I am glad to have had the privilege to know him as I did. Rest in peace Rick
in God's care rest in peace
A name from the past, with many football memories. RIP Rick.
Please accept my sincere condolence.One day soon death will be no more.(Revelstion 21:4)
Thank you for all of your great runs.
RICK was a class act that would do most anything for his fellow man.He was a great friend that sure will be missed
We were so sorry to hear the news about Rick. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
I have a lot of fond memories of Rick at Jefferson during 1949/50. As a manager/"waterboy" for the football, basketball, and track teams we had a great relationship and great times. He was truly a down-to-earth, fun loving guy. Rest in peace my friend.
Rest in Peace Dear Teammate.
Dear Polly and family:
We are so sorry to hear of Rick's passing. He was a kind, gentle man. A good friend to my dad, Tom, and our family. He will be missed by all. I am sure that he is in heaven, with all his old buddies who have gone before him.Our deepest sympathy, the Thomas Fultz family.
I spent a lot of time on the phone with Rick in his later years, working hard to get him a much-deserved place in the NFL Hall of Fame. I got to know him very well. I can say without reservation that he was the most humble, generous, kind, honest and caring person I have ever come in contact with. Rick excelled in everything he did all this life, from athletics to life itself. The one thing he was very best at was being a great human being. Thankfully, I told him that while he was still with us. Rest in peace, Rick, if you can get away from the field.
I met Mr Casares a few months ago, it was one of the most eye opening encounters I have ever had. Strong willed,intelligent. It was my pleasure to meet a man of his stature. Famous but so approachable and down to earth. To his wife and family I send me deepest condolences, he will be greatly missed.
Comfort Care Transportation
As Tampa Natives go, Rick Casares was among the very best of the best. The greatest athlete to come out of Hillsborough County, he was All State, All American and All Pro. He was a once in a lifetime competitor who's size, speed and tenacity was exceeded only by his kindness, humility and grace. Ahead of his time, he is now for the ages. RIP #35, you leave behind a stadium full of admiring fans from Tampa to Chicago. The Tampa Natives Show will be dedicating a broadcast in memory of Rick.