Herb Rich

Richard Herbert Rich (October 7, 1928, in Newark, New Jersey – March 28, 2008) was an All-Pro American football safety in the National Football League for the Baltimore Colts, Los Angeles Rams and New York Giants.[1]

Herb Rich
Born:October 7, 1928
Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died:March 28, 2008 (aged 79)
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Career information
NFL draft1950 / Round: 6 / Pick: 67
Career history
As player
1950Baltimore Colts
1951–1953Los Angeles Rams
1954–1956New York Giants
Career stats

Early and personal life

Rich was born in Newark, New Jersey, and was Jewish.[2][3] He graduated from Miami Beach High School in Florida.[3]

He was married to the former Carla Blocker, and they had a son, Jonathan, and two daughters, Terry and Tracey.[3] The family lived in Nashville, Tennessee.[4]


He played college football at Vanderbilt University, as well as basketball and baseball, and was president of his class.[5][3] In football, he earned All-SEC honors at tailback, rushing for 1,282 yards during the 1948-49 seasons.[3]

Professional career

Rich was drafted in the sixth round of the 1950 NFL Draft, and played defensive back and returned punts during his career.[3] In his rookie season he averaged 23 yards on 12 punt returns, an NFL record that stood for over 50 years.[3][6][7][8] He was a two-time All-Pro defensive back.[3]

In 65 career games, he had 29 career interceptions, including three for touchdowns.[3] In 1992, he was elected to the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. Rich also became Vanderbilt's seventh "SEC Football Legend".[3]

After football

Rich was a 1954 graduate of Vanderbilt Law School.[3] After his football career ended, Rich was an attorney in Nashville.[5] He was president of the Nashville Jewish Community Center in 1971-72, and was a board member of Temple Ohabai Sholom in Nashville.[3]

Rich died at 79 years of age in 2008.[5]

See also


  1. ^ "Herb Rich, former NFL star, dies at 79". Nfl.com. November 18, 2008. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
  2. ^ Day by day in Jewish sports history. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Vanderbilt Official Athletic Site - Vanderbilt University
  4. ^ Herb Rich, NFL star, lawyer – The Mercury News
  5. ^ a b c Nashville's Jewish Community. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
  6. ^ Football in Baltimore: history and memorabilia. 2000. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
  7. ^ Get Your Own Damn Beer, I'm Watching the Game!: A Woman's Guide to Loving Pro Football. Rodale. 2005. Retrieved January 12, 2011.
  8. ^ NFL Football Top 10. DK Pub. 2002. Retrieved January 12, 2011.

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Caldecote Meadows

Caldecote Meadows is a 9.1 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest in Caldecote in Cambridgeshire.The site is herb-rich calcareous grassland, which was formerly common in the county, but is now rare. It is traditionally managed by hay cutting and grazing, and plants include salad burnet and dropwort.The site is private land with no public access.

Edgware Way Grassland

Edgware Way Grassland or Edgware Way Rough is a 6.7 hectare Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation in Edgware in the London Borough of Barnet. It is traversed by Edgwarebury Brook and contains traces of a planned railway viaduct and embankment. This was part of a planned extension of the Northern line from Edgware to Bushey, which was cancelled when the introduction of the Green Belt after the Second World War led to the cancellation of the developments which the railway was to serve. Part of the site is the Environment Agency's Edgwarebury Park Flood Storage Area.

The reserve is typical unimproved London Clay grassland. Damp, herb rich areas have uncommon plants characteristic of old meadows such as great burnet, sneezewort and devil's bit scabious. The brook is lined by sedges and water-cress, while breeding birds include yellowhammer and spotted flycatcher.The reserve adjoins Edgwarebury Park. It is private land, but is crossed by a public footpath from Edgware Way which starts just west of the junction with Spur Road.

Hales and Shadwell Woods

Hales and Shadwell Woods is a 15.4 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest north-east of Saffron Walden in Essex. Shadwell Wood has an area of 7.1 hectares and it is managed by the Essex Wildlife Trust. Hales Wood is a National Nature Reserve, and it is listed in the Nature Conservation Review.The woods, which are under half a mile apart, are both ancient coppice wet ash and maple on chalky boulder clay. The shrub layer is diverse, with plants including wayfaring-trees, guelder roses, spurge-laurel and the nationally uncommon oxlip. Seven species of orchid have been recorded in Shadwell Wood, which also has herb-rich grassy rides.There is access to Shadwell Wood by a footpath from Walden Road, but no access to Hales Wood.

Homefield Wood

Homefield Wood is a 6.1 hectare Site of Special Scientific Interest in Hambleden in Buckinghamshire. It is owned by the Forestry Commission, and managed by the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust. It is part of the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.The site has young beech plantations, with some conifers and many native trees. There are rides and glades in some areas which have important and varied herb-rich chalk grassland, with plants such as Chiltern gentian and upright brome-grass and a variety of orchids. The rich invertebrate fauna includes thirty species of butterfly and over four hundred of moth.There is access from a road between Bockmer End and Lower Woodend.

Hooks Well Meadows, Great Cressingham

Hooks Well Meadows, Great Cressingham is a 15.6-hectare (39-acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest near Great Cressingham] in Norfolk.This site has had a long history of traditional management. The diverse habitats include fen meadow, herb-rich wet grassland, acidic flushes, dry calcareous grassland and wet alder woodland, which has carpets of sphagnum mosses.The site is a Ministry of Defence training area with no public access.

Kingweston Meadows

Kingweston Meadows (grid reference ST540304) is an 11.5 hectare (28.4 acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest at Kingweston in Somerset, notified in 1990.

This site is an excellent example of an unimproved herb-rich neutral grassland of a type which is now rare in Britain.

Lang's Farm

Lang's Farm (grid reference ST170241) is a 7.5 hectare (18.5 acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest between Oake and Bradford on Tone in Somerset, notified in 1990.

This site is an example of unimproved, herb-rich neutral grassland of a type now rare in Britain.

Lindi Nature Reserve

Lindi Nature Reserve is a nature reserve situated in south-western Estonia, in Pärnu County.

Lindi Nature Reserve was established in 1958, and the protection of the site was expanded in 1999. The nature reserve is centred on Lindi bog, and consists mostly of herb-rich, wooded areas. It is an important habitat for many species, notably large birds of prey like the lesser spotted eagle and the white-tailed eagle.

Mill Hill Substation Pastures

Mill Hill Substation Pastures is a fifteen-hectare Site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation in Mill Hill in the London Borough of Barnet.

The reserve consists of pastures grazed by horses around Mill Hill Electricity Substation. These contain patches of unimproved herb-rich pasture on damp clay soil. Locally uncommon plants include devil's bit scabious, sneezewort, pepper-saxifrage and red bartsia. The dividing hedges appear to be very old, and Burtonhole Brook, a tributary of Folly Brook, flows through the site, adding to its diversity of habitat. The hedgerows and woodland provide a refuge for birds.

The reserve is on private land, but it can be viewed from Burtonhole Lane and Partingdale Lane.

Minchinhampton Common

Minchinhampton Common (grid reference SO855010) is a 182.7-hectare (451-acre) biological and geological Site of Special Scientific Interest in Gloucestershire, notified in 1972.The site is owned and managed by the National Trust. The common is one of the largest grassland commons in the Cotswold area. It is south of Rodborough Common SSSI. Both commons are on Jurassic limestone and are a central plateau with steep sides. They drop down to the Nailsworth valley on the west side and the Frome valley on the north side. The site designation includes the outlying areas of Iron Mills and Littleworth Commons. Neu-Lindsey Nature Reserve adjoins the western edge of Minchinhampton Common.Minchinhampton Common is of both geological and biological importance. There are disused quarries near the centre which provide fossil evidence for research purposes. It is unimproved, herb-rich grassland. There are five units of assessment

Monks Wood

Monks Wood is a 157 hectare National Nature Reserve north-west of Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire, and a Nature Conservation Review site, Grade I. A slightly larger area of 169.3 hectares is the Monks Wood and The Odd Quarter biological Site of Special Scientific Interest.The site is described by Natural England as one of Britain's most important lowland woods. It is mainly of the wet ash-maple type, with a rich shrub layer which was formerly coppiced. Trees include the rare wild service tree, particularly in The Odd Quarter. There is ground flora typical of ancient woodland, together with woodland rides, ponds, streams and herb-rich grassland. The marsh tits in the wood have been the subject of several studies.There is access to Monks Wood from the road which runs along its southern boundary. The Odd Quarter is private property with no public access.

Monks Wood was the site of an experimental biological research station of The Nature Conservancy from 1961 to 2009.

Pakenham Meadows

Pakenham Meadows is a 5.8 hectare biological Site of Special Scientific Interest north of Pakenham in Suffolk.This unimproved and poorly drained meadow has a variety of soil types from loam to peat, and the vegetation types are correspondingly diverse. The herb-rich grassland has yellow rattle, bugle, fen bedstraw, oxe-eye daisy, ragged robin and southern marsh orchid.A public footpath from Fen Road goes through the site.

Protected areas of Finland

The protected areas of Finland include national parks, nature reserves and other areas, with a purpose of conserving areas of all of Finland's ecosystems and biotopes.

Protected areas include:

National parks of Finland (Kansallispuisto/Nationalpark) - 8,170 km²

Strict nature reserves of Finland (Luonnonpuisto/Naturreservat) - 1,530 km²

Mire reserves of Finland (Soidensuojelualue/Myrskyddsområde) - 4,490 km²

Protected herb-rich forest areas (Lehtojensuojelualue/Lundskyddsområde) - 13 km²

Protected old-growth forest areas (Vanhat metsät/Gamla skogar) - 100 km²

Grey seal protection areas (Hylkeidensuojelualue/Sälskyddsområde) - 190 km²

Other protected areas on state-owned land - 468 km²The state-owned protected areas cover a total of 14,961 km² while 1,220 km² are on private land.

Puhtu-Laelatu Nature Reserve

Puhtu-Laelatu Nature Reserve is a nature reserve situated in western Estonia, in Lääne County. It is located in the territory of Pivarootsi, Rame and Hanila villages and in Virtsu small borough.

The nature reserve encompasses parts of Puhtu peninsula and nearby Laelatu wooded meadows. The nature reserve is a species-rich conservation area comprising mainly herb-rich forested areas, coastal meadows and alvars. It is the only known place in Estonia where the orchid Dactylorhiza ruthei grows. Other rare species include Cypripedium calceolus and Angelica palustris

Purple Hill

Purple Hill is a 14.9-hectare (37-acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest south of Gillingham in Kent. It is a Nature Conservation Review site, Grade 2.This chalk downland site has herb-rich grassland, scrub and woods. Flora include the nationally rare Kentish milkwort and several uncommon orchids.The site is private land with no public access.

Rodborough Common, Gloucestershire

Rodborough Common is a 116.0-hectare (287-acre) biological and geological Site of Special Scientific Interest in Gloucestershire, notified in 1954. The site is listed in the ‘Stroud District’ Local Plan, adopted November 2005, Appendix 6 (online for download) as an SSSI and a Regionally Important Geological Site (RIGS). The Common is also a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) under the EU Habitats Directive Rodborough Common is sited south of Stroud and is owned and managed by the National Trust. It is north of Minchinhampton Common. It lies on Jurassic limestone and is on top of the Cotswold scarp. It is bounded on either side by the Nailsworth valley and the Frome valley. It is on a hill (a plateau area), and its margins are dissected by dry valleys. The sides of this plateau are steep.Rodborough Common, like Minchinhampton Common, is notified for its biological and geological importance. The grassland is unimproved, herb-rich and calcareous. There is an important geological area for fossils for research purposes.

Roebuck Meadows

Roebuck Meadows (grid reference ST132354) is a 3.6 hectare (8.9 acre) biological Site of Special Scientific Interest south of Crowcombe in Somerset, notified in 1988.

Roebuck Meadows have a very varied and herb-rich vegetation composed of mire and grassland communities together comprising an important example of lowland mire, which is a nationally scarce habitat. The meadows contain Cornish moneywort (Sibthorpia europaea), a nationally scarce plant restricted to south-west Britain.

Stoneyfields Park

Stoneyfields Park is a three hectare public park in Edgware in the London Borough of Barnet.The park is a mainly grassland area with a small wood, hedgerows and two play areas. Deans Brook, which crosses the park, has been dammed to create an ornamental lake. The lake has a fringe of vegetation dominated by great and lesser reedmace. Coots, moorhens and mallards breed on the lake, and it also supports amphibians and dragonflies.The woodland of oak and hazel is clearly old, as are some of the hedges, and there are plants indicative of ancient woodland, such as wood-sedge. Parts of the grassland are herb rich, with wild flowers such as cuckooflower.There is access to the park from Edgware Way, Fairmead Crescent and Riverdene.

Stoneyfields Park and Deans Brook are a Site of Borough Importance for Nature Conservation, Grade II.

Sylvia's Meadow

Sylvia's Meadow, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, is a nature reserve owned and managed by Cornwall Wildlife Trust. It is a herb rich, 5-hectare (12-acre) site situated near Gunnislake, in East Cornwall, England.

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