To be able to bear the name Zeus, you must have a proven record of excellence in everything you do. Rico Gathers has earned the name as the tight end of American football for the Dallas Cowboys, which is why he is called the Zeus of cowboys tight end.
Ricardo Darnell Gathers, also known as Rico Gathers, is not only good at football but also spectacular in basketball, for which he was named Louisiana Mr. Basketball. Although he began his professional career in the 2016 season, his commitment on the field will always remain remarkable even after his retirement. Here are more facts you need to know about Rico Gathers.
Who is Rico Gathers?
Rico Gathers was born on the 7th day of January 1994 in New Orleans, Louisiana, and is the son of Rico Gathers Senior and Janice Gathers. He has a brother named Greg, who has served two tours in the All-America Defensive End for Georgia Tech. His career ended in 2001 after he was diagnosed with kidney disease. Prior to his retirement, Greg was able to run Georgia Tech in bags. While he wanted to undergo a kidney transplant, Greg worked as a middle school teacher and high school soccer coach in Gonzales.
Back to cowboy tight end Rico Gathers, he played both American football and basketball in his high school days but focused more on playing basketball during his time at Riverside Academy in Reserve, Louisiana, USA. His outstanding skills contributed to his team winning the state title, and his efforts paid off as he was honored at the state tournament with the Most Outstanding Player Honors award.
During his college years, Rico continued to play basketball. Baylor University awarded him a scholarship, which he accepted and started as a junior at Power Forward (PF). At the end of the season, he received an honorable mention in the All-American, Big 12 All-Defensive Team Honors and was awarded All-Big 12 for an average of 11.6 points, 11.6 rebounds, 1.2 steals and one block in 29.9 minutes per game. He became popular as Baylor’s All-Time Leading Rebounder and the first player ever to score over 1,000 points and over 1,000 rebounds in school history.
Rico Gathers began his football career in 2016 after planning to play for Baylor’s football team, but then changed his mind and joined the NFL draft. He was then selected by the Dallas Cowboys in round 6 and a total of 217 in the 2016 NFL draft.
Ask yourself why he suddenly went from a basketball player to an American footballer? Gathers revealed that his decision was inspired by his family, especially his wife Bria and son Rico Gathers Jr.
He also paid tribute to his brother Greg and cousin Hank Gathers for inspiring him to join the football league. Hank died in 1990 while participating in the West Coast Athletic Conference tournament. He suffered from a heart condition. “I hold both of them in high esteem,” he said, adding that the two paved the way for him, especially by helping him live his dreams.
Of course, Gathers’ determination and potential played a major role in his selection by the professional team. Initially, the Cowboys wanted Gathers to play on the defensive, but in the long run, he ended up in the tight end.
The Dallas Cowboys released Gathers on September 3, 2016, and he was added to the training schedule the following day. In the early months of 2017, he made it back to the Dallas Cowboys in their original 53-man line-up, but unfortunately, the young player suffered a concussion in the preseason and was added to the injured reserve on September 4, 2017, in hopes of making a comeback in the coming seasons.
Measurements and Other Facts
With a height of 1.82 m and a bodyweight of about 129 kg, Rico Gathers remains a player with physical gifts that football teams like the Cowboys can’t resist.
Besides his physique, he is also known for his self-confidence. This often shows in the way he carries himself. Gathers describes himself as the obvious heir of Jason Witten, the former American football tight end for the Dallas Cowboys, who is now a color analyst for ESPN’s Monday Night Football.
In addition to his basketball and soccer career, Rico is also taking steps towards becoming a music artist. He revealed his plans to become a rapper, adding that music is one of the activities that keep him sane throughout the process of pursuing his dream.