Rick Kingrea – Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame
Rick Kingrea was a dominant tackling machine for Tulane University from 1968-70. After tallying 145 tackles as a junior, the star linebacker posted 171 tackles in 1970 as the leader of the Green Wave defense for the “Year of the Green.” The season was capped by a Tulane win over heavily-favored Colorado, 17-3, in the Liberty Bowl, Tulane’s first bowl bid since the 1939 Sugar Bowl.
Kingrea still (as of 2020) ranks No. 9 all-time in tackles (351) at Tulane, despite playing just three seasons. His 171 tackles in 1970 still rank second on the Tulane single-season charts.
A two-time first-team All-South Independent selection, Kingrea was selected in the 14th round (352nd overall) of the 1971 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He played for the Browns in 1971 and 1972, then was signed by the Buffalo Bills for 1973. Midway through the season, the Bills traded him to the New Orleans Saints for whom he played until 1978. In his eight-year career, the 6-1, 230-pounder played in 91 games.
Born July 18, 1949 in Pearlsburg, Va., Kingrea attended Baton Rouge High School and is a member of the high school’s Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame in 1980.