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Rick Venturi
Biographical details
Born (1946-02-23) February 23, 1946 (age 76)
Taylorville, Illinois
Playing career
Position(s)Quarterback, defensive back
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1973–1976Purdue (assistant)
1977Illinois (DB)
1981Hamilton Tiger-Cats (assistant)
1982–1983Baltimore Colts (LB)
1984Indianapolis Colts (DC/LB)
1985–1990Indianapolis Colts (LB)
1991Indianapolis Colts (DC/LB/Interim HC)
1992–1993Indianapolis Colts (DC)
1994Cleveland Browns (DB)
1995Cleveland Browns (DC)
1996New Orleans Saints (LB/Interim HC)
1997New Orleans Saints (Ast. HC/LB)
1998New Orleans Saints (Ast. HC/DB)
1999New Orleans Saints (Ast. HC/LB)
2000–2001New Orleans Saints (Ast. HC/DB)
2002–2005New Orleans Saints (DC)
2006–2007St. Louis Rams (Ast. HC/LB)
2008St. Louis Rams (Ast. HC/LB/DC)
Head coaching record
Overall1–31–1 (college)
2–17 (NFL)

Rick Venturi (born February 23, 1946) is a former American football player, coach and current broadcaster. He served as the head coach at Northwestern University and as longtime National Football League assistant coach known for his defense. As the head coach at Northwestern from 1978 to 1980, Venturi compiled a record of 1-31-1. During his tenure as coach of the Northwestern Wildcats' NCAA Division I began a record 34-game losing streak. Venturi has served as the defensive coordinator with the Indianapolis Colts, Cleveland Browns, New Orleans Saints, and St. Louis Rams. Venturi also served as an interim head coach, in 1991 with the Colts and 1996 with the Saints. As a head coach in the NFL, his career record stands at 2–17. He now serves as the analyst for Indianapolis Colts football games on the Colts Radio Network. [1]

Venturi played quarterback at Rockford Auburn High School in Illinois as a sophomore and junior, and then at Pekin High School for his senior year before enrolling at Northwestern. While at Northwestern he joined the Delta Upsilon fraternity. His father, Joe Venturi, was a member of the Illinois High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame. Joe coached at Pekin High School in Illinois. His brother, John is also a member of the Illinois High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame. John coached at Washington High School where he won the 1985 Class 4A State Championship. John's 1983 Washington team was the 4A Runner-Up.

Head coaching record


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Northwestern Wildcats (Big Ten Conference) (1978–1980)
1978 Northwestern 0–10–1 0–8–1 10th
1979 Northwestern 1–10 0–9 10th
1980 Northwestern 0–11 0–9 10th
Northwestern: 1–31–1 0–26–1
Total: 1–31–1


Team Year Regular Season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
IND* 1991 1 10 0 .091 5th in AFC East
IND Total 1 10 0 .091
NO* 1996 1 7 0 .125 5th in NFC West
NO Total 1 7 0 .125
Total 2 17 0 .105

* Interim head coach.


  1. ^ "Colts Name Former Coach Rick Venturi the New Color Analyst in the Radio Booth". 8 September 2020.