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Rick Casares

Jul 4, 1931 – Sep 13, 2013


Gonzalez Funeral Home Obituary

CASARES, Rick, 82, passed away on September 13, 2013 in Tampa, FL. Rick was a retired NFL running back with a long and decorated career. He was inducted into the UF Athletic Hall of Fame as a "Gator Great" and is part of the Chicago Bears Ring of Honor. After retiring from the NFL he...

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Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.

Rest Rick, until you hear at dawn,
the low, clear reveille of God.

Thank you for your service to this nation.

I can't believe it has been over a year since we had spoken. I think of you during the winter recalling how you would tell me " I can't wait to come up to New York when it snows" I smile while I'm out there shoveling.
You were a great friend and are still sorely missed. Rest In peace my friend.

I remember back in 1965 at uncle Harry aunt Helens house
Near wilmette Illinois having dinner and Rick was there at that time I was told we were cousins, at that time I was 5 years old. I was always told stories about Rick by my grand mother God rest her soul, about all our relatives in Greece. Rick you have been an inspiration in my life and oddly enough I work by Halas hall.
You will greatly missed.

To a great man and even better friend, I can't believe you have been gone for a year. Happy anniversary in heaven

Cousin Rick:
I was young when you came back to visit uncles George and Carmen Christmas was great when you came in the living room and threw $20.00 bills at us cousins while we slept on the floor...........Linda and I will never forget coming to Tampa to visit and you and Polly took us to the dog track...you were great and always will fill a special part in our hearts.RIP

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...

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

RIP rick

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.