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Ricky Proehl
Wide Receivers
College:
Wake Forest
Experience:
4

Bio

COACHING
Following 17 years as an NFL player, former wide receiver Ricky Proehl is in his fourth season as a member of Carolina's coaching staff and second as wide receivers coach in 2014. He served as assistant wide receivers coach in 2012 and as an offensive consultant in 2011.

Proehl is charged with leading a corps full of new faces as at least the team's top four wide receivers will be different from 2013 following the offseason departures of Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell, Ted Ginn, Jr. and Domenik Hixon.

In 2013, Proehl coached a group that did not feature a standout performer but had solid contributions from its top three receivers - Smith, LaFell and Ginn - as each posted more than 500 yards and at least four touchdowns. Under Proehl's tutelage, Ginn produced his best year since 2008. Just one year removed from a one-catch season in San Francisco, Ginn registered 36 catches for 556 yards and a career-high five touchdowns. Proehl also guided LaFell to career highs of 49 receptions and five touchdowns.

As assistant wide receivers coach in 2012, Proehl helped former teammate Steve Smith record his second consecutive 1,000-yard receiving season and seventh overall as Smith became the 27th player in NFL history to reach 11,000 career receiving yards. Additionally, Proehl tutored LaFell, who set a career high with 677 receiving yards on 44 catches.

As an offensive consultant in 2011, Proehl worked primarily with wide receivers. He assisted with a group that was comprised of the veteran Smith and a host of young receivers. Smith earned his fifth Pro Bowl selection after finishing fifth in the NFL with 1,394 yards on 79 receptions with seven touchdowns, while LaFell emerged as a starter by season's end, tallying 36 catches for 613 yards and three touchdowns.

Proehl finished his career with 669 receptions for 8,878 yards and 54 touchdowns. He appeared in 244 games with 110 starts for the Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, St. Louis Rams, Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts. Proehl earned all-rookie honors in 1990 and was a member of four Super Bowl teams, including championship teams with the Rams and Colts. In three seasons with the Panthers, he registered 86 catches for 1,327 yards and eight touchdowns and participated on two playoff teams.

But Proehl's playing days were distinguished by far more than his statistical achievements. He earned a reputation as a sure-handed and clutch player, making dramatic plays at critical times.

In the 2003 season opener versus Jacksonville, his first game with Carolina, Proehl caught a 12-yard touchdown on fourth down with 16 seconds left to cap a come-from-behind win and propel the Panthers on their Super Bowl run. During the 1999 postseason, he snagged a one-handed, 30-yard touchdown reception with 4:44 to play that lifted St. Louis to a victory over Tampa Bay in the NFC Championship.

Noted for the example he set for young players with his hard work, savvy and veteran leadership, Proehl essentially began coaching while still playing. A student of the game and an excellent communicator, he mentored teammates like Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt in St. Louis and Smith in Carolina.

PLAYING AND PERSONAL
Since retiring following the 2006 season, Proehl has owned and operated Proehlific Park, a family sports complex and fitness center, in Greensboro, N.C.

A standout wide receiver at Wake Forest from 1986-89 before being selected in the third round of the 1990 NFL Draft by the Cardinals, Proehl left the university as the holder of almost every major receiving record. He still ranks as the Demon Deacons' all-time leader with 2,949 receiving yards and 25 touchdown catches, and his 188 receptions stand third. Proehl led the team in receiving three consecutive seasons and finished first in the Atlantic Coast Conference with 65 catches for a then school-record 1,053 yards as a senior in 1989.

Proehl majored in speech communications at Wake Forest. In recognition of his college and professional accomplishments, he was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in May 2011.

HISTORY
Wide receiver: Wake Forest 1986-89. Pro wide receiver: Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals 1990-94, Seattle Seahawks 1995-96, Chicago Bears 1997, St. Louis Rams 1998-2002, Carolina Panthers 2003-05, Indianapolis Colts 2006. Pro coach: Joined Panthers in 2011.

COACHING
Following 17 years as an NFL player, former wide receiver Ricky Proehl is in his fourth season as a member of Carolina's coaching staff and second as wide receivers coach in 2014. He served as assistant wide receivers coach in 2012 and as an offensive consultant in 2011.

Proehl is charged with leading a corps full of new faces as at least the team's top four wide receivers will be different from 2013 following the offseason departures of Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell, Ted Ginn, Jr. and Domenik Hixon.

In 2013, Proehl coached a group that did not feature a standout performer but had solid contributions from its top three receivers - Smith, LaFell and Ginn - as each posted more than 500 yards and at least four touchdowns. Under Proehl's tutelage, Ginn produced his best year since 2008. Just one year removed from a one-catch season in San Francisco, Ginn registered 36 catches for 556 yards and a career-high five touchdowns. Proehl also guided LaFell to career highs of 49 receptions and five touchdowns.

As assistant wide receivers coach in 2012, Proehl helped former teammate Steve Smith record his second consecutive 1,000-yard receiving season and seventh overall as Smith became the 27th player in NFL history to reach 11,000 career receiving yards. Additionally, Proehl tutored LaFell, who set a career high with 677 receiving yards on 44 catches.

As an offensive consultant in 2011, Proehl worked primarily with wide receivers. He assisted with a group that was comprised of the veteran Smith and a host of young receivers. Smith earned his fifth Pro Bowl selection after finishing fifth in the NFL with 1,394 yards on 79 receptions with seven touchdowns, while LaFell emerged as a starter by season's end, tallying 36 catches for 613 yards and three touchdowns.

Proehl finished his career with 669 receptions for 8,878 yards and 54 touchdowns. He appeared in 244 games with 110 starts for the Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, Chicago Bears, St. Louis Rams, Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts. Proehl earned all-rookie honors in 1990 and was a member of four Super Bowl teams, including championship teams with the Rams and Colts. In three seasons with the Panthers, he registered 86 catches for 1,327 yards and eight touchdowns and participated on two playoff teams.

But Proehl's playing days were distinguished by far more than his statistical achievements. He earned a reputation as a sure-handed and clutch player, making dramatic plays at critical times.

In the 2003 season opener versus Jacksonville, his first game with Carolina, Proehl caught a 12-yard touchdown on fourth down with 16 seconds left to cap a come-from-behind win and propel the Panthers on their Super Bowl run. During the 1999 postseason, he snagged a one-handed, 30-yard touchdown reception with 4:44 to play that lifted St. Louis to a victory over Tampa Bay in the NFC Championship.

Noted for the example he set for young players with his hard work, savvy and veteran leadership, Proehl essentially began coaching while still playing. A student of the game and an excellent communicator, he mentored teammates like Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt in St. Louis and Smith in Carolina.

PLAYING AND PERSONAL
Since retiring following the 2006 season, Proehl has owned and operated Proehlific Park, a family sports complex and fitness center, in Greensboro, N.C.

A standout wide receiver at Wake Forest from 1986-89 before being selected in the third round of the 1990 NFL Draft by the Cardinals, Proehl left the university as the holder of almost every major receiving record. He still ranks as the Demon Deacons' all-time leader with 2,949 receiving yards and 25 touchdown catches, and his 188 receptions stand third. Proehl led the team in receiving three consecutive seasons and finished first in the Atlantic Coast Conference with 65 catches for a then school-record 1,053 yards as a senior in 1989.

Proehl majored in speech communications at Wake Forest. In recognition of his college and professional accomplishments, he was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in May 2011.

HISTORY
Wide receiver: Wake Forest 1986-89. Pro wide receiver: Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals 1990-94, Seattle Seahawks 1995-96, Chicago Bears 1997, St. Louis Rams 1998-2002, Carolina Panthers 2003-05, Indianapolis Colts 2006. Pro coach: Joined Panthers in 2011.

 

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