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Ricky Proehl
St. Louis BattleHawks
Position:Wide receivers coach
Personal information
Born: (1968-03-07) March 7, 1968 (age 54)
Bronx, New York, U.S.
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school:Hillsborough
(Hillsborough, New Jersey)
College:Wake Forest
NFL Draft:1990 / Round: 3 / Pick: 58
Career history
As a player:
As a coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receiving yards:8,878
Receiving touchdowns:54
Player stats at · PFR

Richard Scott Proehl (born March 7, 1968) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL). Proehl played 17 seasons with the Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, St. Louis Rams, Carolina Panthers, and Indianapolis Colts. He played in four Super Bowls and won two: Super Bowl XXXIV with the Rams and Super Bowl XLI with the Colts. He is remembered as a member of "The Greatest Show on Turf".

After his playing career, Proehl was an assistant coach for the Carolina Panthers through the 2016 season. He returned to the Super Bowl as a coach with the Panthers in 2016.[1] He currently serves as the wide receivers coach for the St. Louis BattleHawks of the XFL.

High school

Proehl graduated in 1986 from Hillsborough High School in Hillsborough, New Jersey, where he starred in both football and baseball. During his senior season in football, he caught 42 passes for 900+ yards and 13 touchdowns. For his efforts that year, he was named a New York All-Metro selection, the Somerset County Player of the Year, and an All-State pick.

College career

Proehl played college football at Wake Forest University, where he was a four-year letterman in football. He holds the school record for receiving yards (2,949 yards), and touchdowns (25),[citation needed] as well as ranking in the top five in receptions and receiving average. He ended his college career playing in the Blue–Gray Football Classic and the East-West All-Star Game.

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Vertical jump
5 ft 10+34 in
(1.80 m)
181 lb
(82 kg)
29+12 in
(0.75 m)
9+12 in
(0.24 m)
4.58 s 1.60 s 2.71 s 4.01 s 34.0 in
(0.86 m)
All values from NFL Combine[2]

Proehl was taken in the third round (58th overall) of the 1990 NFL Draft. He set the Cardinals rookie record for receptions and became the first rookie to lead the team in receptions since Bob Shaw in 1950. He played four more seasons for the Cardinals before being traded to the Seattle Seahawks for a draft pick. He spent two seasons with the Seahawks, playing as a backup and accepting a pay cut.[3] He then signed with Chicago for one year, and led the team in receiving categories with 58 receptions, 753 yards, and 7 touchdowns.[4]

Proehl signed with the Rams for the start of the 1998 NFL season on a four-year $6 million contract.[5] As part of "The Greatest Show on Turf", he helped lead the Rams to a championship in the 1999 season at Super Bowl XXXIV, catching a 30-yard pass from Kurt Warner with 4:44 remaining in the NFC Championship that gave them a 11-6 lead; the Rams held on to win the game and advance to the Super Bowl. He caught six passes for 100 yards in that game, which was his best postseason performance in his career. In the Super Bowl, he caught one pass for eleven yards.[6] Two seasons later, he helped the Rams reach Super Bowl XXXVI against the New England Patriots. He caught three passes for 71 yards while also losing a fumble with a touchdown, which tied the game at 17 late in the fourth quarter before the Patriots rallied to win the game. He spent one more season with the Rams in 2002.

Proehl then signed with Carolina as a free agent at the start of the 2003 season. With Carolina, he caught five combined passes in the subsequent postseason run by the Panthers to Super Bowl XXXVIII, but four of them were in the Super Bowl against the New England Patriots, which included a touchdown catch with 1:08 remaining to tie the game at 29. However, the Patriots rallied to win the game on a last-second field goal.[7] He was talked out of retirement for a 16th season by Panther quarterback Jake Delhomme and coach John Fox. Proehl retired and worked as a color analyst with the Rams' television pre-season games and the Rams radio network on various shows and pre-games. On November 29, 2006, Proehl came out of retirement to join the Indianapolis Colts, replacing injured WR Brandon Stokley, and helping them to a victory in Super Bowl XLI.

Coaching career

Proehl was hired by the Carolina Panthers on February 1, 2011 as an Offensive Consultant. He was hired to primarily work with the wide receivers. He was Pro Football Focus's second runner up in their Wide Receiver Coach of the Year award.[8]

In the 2015 season, Proehl and the Panthers reached Super Bowl 50 on February 7, 2016. The Panthers fell to the Denver Broncos by a score of 24–10.[9]

Proehl was officially hired by the St. Louis BattleHawks on September 13, 2022.[10]

NFL career statistics

Year Team Games Receiving
GP GS Rec Yds Avg Lng TD
1990 PHO 16 2 56 802 14.3 45 4
1991 PHO 16 16 55 766 13.9 62 2
1992 PHO 16 15 60 744 12.4 63 3
1993 PHO 16 16 65 877 13.5 51 7
1994 ARI 16 16 51 651 12.8 63 5
1995 SEA 8 0 5 29 5.8 9 0
1996 SEA 16 7 23 309 13.4 56 2
1997 CHI 15 10 58 753 13.0 78 7
1998 STL 16 11 60 771 12.9 47 3
1999 STL 15 2 33 349 10.6 30 0
2000 STL 12 4 31 441 12.4 27 4
2001 STL 16 2 40 563 14.1 37 5
2002 STL 16 2 43 466 10.8 33 4
2003 CAR 16 2 27 389 14.4 66 4
2004 CAR 16 3 34 497 14.6 34 0
2005 CAR 16 2 25 441 17.6 69 4
2006 IND 2 1 3 30 10.0 13 0
Career 244 109 669 8,878 13.3 78 54

Super Bowl statistics


Proehl is known for his role in three memorable playoff games:

Personal life

Proehl and his wife, Kelly, live in Greensboro, North Carolina. The couple have three children: one daughter named Alex, and two sons named Austin and Blake. Austin played wide receiver at the University of North Carolina. He was selected in the 2018 NFL Draft by the Buffalo Bills as the 255th overall pick, and is currently a wide receiver with the St. Louis BattleHawks of the XFL. Blake played wide receiver for East Carolina University.[11] Blake was signed as an undrafted free agent to the Minnesota Vikings.[12]

Proehl owns, manages, and coaches at Proehlific Park, which is a sports performance complex and fitness center he built in Greensboro, North Carolina.[13]


  1. ^ Strickland, Bryan; Henson, Max (January 18, 2013). "Shula, Proehl promoted; Rodgers retained". Archived from the original on September 9, 2017.
  2. ^ "Ricky Proehl, Combine Results, WR - Wake Forest". Retrieved December 29, 2022.
  3. ^[dead link]
  4. ^ "Proehl, Bears' top receiver, joins Rams – Baltimore Sun". Baltimore Sun.
  5. ^,amp.html
  6. ^ "Ricky Proehl Playoffs Game Log".
  7. ^ "Super Bowl XXXVIII - New England Patriots vs. Carolina Panthers - February 1st, 2004".
  8. ^ "News and Analysis for NFL and Fantasy Football – Pro Football Focus".
  9. ^ "Super Bowl 50 - Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers - February 7th, 2016". Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  10. ^ "XFL Finalizes Coaching and Football Operations Staffs for All Eight Teams". Retrieved December 30, 2022.
  11. ^ "Blake Proehl".
  12. ^ "Minnesota Vikings 2021 Undrafted Free Agent Signing Tracker". May 2021.
  13. ^ "Our Story – Proehlific Park".