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Former Holy Cross Defensive Coordinator Rodgers Coaching in Super Bowl

Thursday, February 04, 2016


Richard Rodgers, photo courtesy of Holy Cross

Richard Rodgers, former Holy Cross football defensive coordinator will take the field on Sunday for the Super Bowl between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers. Rodgers is currently the assistant defensive  backs coach for Carolina. 

Rodgers joined Carolina in 2012 as the assistant special teams coach before being promoted to special teams coordinator halfway through the season. Rodgers held that job through 2014 before moving over to the secondary this season. 

Rodgers at Holy Cross 

Rodgers spent seven years on the Holy Cross coaching staff from 2005-2011, serving as the defensive coordinator for his final six season. 

During the 2011 season, Rodgers' defense allowed only 20 points per game, the fewest that any Holy Cross team had allowed since 1992. 

During the 2009 season, Rodgers helped Holy Cross to the Patriot League championship with a defense that ranked second in the conference in both points  allowed (21.8 per game) and passing yards allowed (211.7 per game). 

Holy Cross had 20 selections to the All-Patriot League teams in Rodgers final four seasons. 

Prior to Holy Cross 

Before Rodgers came to Holy Cross, he coached collegiately at New Mexico State, Portland State, San Jose State and Diablo Valley Community College. 

Rodgers also served as a coaching intern with the Oakland Raiders in 1996. 

Rodgers Playing Career 

Rodgers is a 1992 graduate of the University of California, where he was a two-time second team All-Pacific-10 Conference selection from 1980 to 1984. 

Rodgers was a special teams captain for the Golden Bears for three seasons and called "The Play" in the huddle to beat Stanford in 1982. In the play, Rodgers was he second and fourth player to handle he ball on the five lateral last play touchdown return. 

Carolina Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera was a teammate of Rodgers at Cal from 1980-83. 


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The Banner

The Banner Bar and Grille

112 Green St., Worcester, MA

Come enjoy a delicious burger piled high with all your favorite toppings, and 20 cent wings during a Sunday game!

Photo: The Banner Bar and Grille

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Compass Tavern

The Compass Tavern 

90 Harding St., Worcester, MA

The Canal District's Compass Tavern puts an upscale twist on your average neighborhood bar. Not to mention, it houses the largest bar in Worcester!

Photo: The Compass Tavern

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Funky Murphy's

Funky Murphy's 

305 Shrewsbury St., Worcester, MA

Funky Murphy's is the Irish bar to go to for your team's next game. Featuring 9 plasma televisions and 2 high-definition projectors, you will be able to immerse yourself in NFL Sunday ticket, beer, and food!

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The Parkway Bar and Restaurant

The Parkway Bar and Restaurant 

148 Shrewsbury St., Worcester, MA

Boasting 8 flat screen televisions with surround sound, The Parkway is a must for game day food and fun!

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The Boynton

The Boynton Restaurant and Spirits

117 Highland St, Worcester, MA

The Boynton offers an extensive list of on tap beers to choose from while you chow down on a scrumptious meal. 

Photo: The Boynton

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Perfect Game

Perfect Game

Named "Worcester’s Best Sports Bar 2012", by the readers of Worcester Magazine, Perfect Game has a huge 110" HD projection screen to watch your favorite team on as well as an extensive collection of craft beers.

64 Water St., Worcester, MA

Photo: Perfect Game

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Lakeside Bar and Grill

Lakeside Bar and Grill 

97 Boston Turnpike, Shrewsbury, MA

Come watch the game at an upscale version of your average sports bar. Lakeside offers all the best game day foods from potato skins to wings but you can feel comfortable about bringing your family or girlfriend with you to watch some professional football.

Photo: Lakeside Bar and Grill

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JJ's Sports Bar and Grill

JJ's Sports Bar and Grill

380 Southwest Cutoff, Northborough, MA

Mondays and Sundays are the perfect nights to watch football at JJ's, come in for specials on burgers, pizza and more while you watch all the action!

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Park Grill and Spirits

Park Grill and Spirits

257 Park Ave., Worcester, MA

This "American grill with Mediterranean flair" will not disappoint the sport junkie or foodie in your family. The Park Grill also has live entertainment on Tuesday and weekend nights!

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The District Bar and Grill

The District Bar and Grill

102 Green St., Worcester, MA

Stop into The District for 20 cent wings during NFL game nights  this season! 


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