Husky Legend: Rich Camarillo
Nov. 14, 2008
A self-taught punter, Rich Camarillo played two seasons for the Huskies in1979 and 1980. He arrived on the UW campus after a two-year junior collegestint at Cerritos Junior College in California, where he earned All-American honors.
At Washington, he had a steady but unspectacular career. He averaged39.3 yards in his 115 punts for the Huskies during his two year career, numbersthat rank him ninth on the all-time per yard average list in UW history. Onehuge feather in his cap was that the team went 10-2 in 1979 -- a season thatincluded a Sun Bowl win over Texas -- and 9-3 with a Rose Bowl loss toMichigan in 1980.
'His kicks were perfect spirals,' remembers Dave Torrell, who is theHusky Hall of Fame curator and historian. 'He had classic form.'
It was what Camarillo was able to accomplish after he left Washingtonthat sets him apart from other Husky football players. Camarillo carved out aNFL career that spanned 16 seasons, included five Pro Bowl appearances andseven selections to either the first or second team All-Pro list.
Camarillo finished his NFL career with 1,027 punts for 43,895 yards (42.7avg.) and 279 punts inside the 20 yard line. He played for five different teamsduring his distinguished career: New England (1981-87), Los Angeles Rams(1988), Phoenix Cardinals (1989-93), Houston Oilers (1994-95) and OaklandRaiders (1996). He appeared in only one Super Bowl during his career, puntingsix times (one went 62 yards, which was a Super Bowl record at the time) inNew England's 46-10 loss to Chicago in Super Bowl XX.
Camarillo led the league in punting twice (1985 and 1994), net yard averagethree times (1983, 1991, and 1992), gross yards per punt once (1989) and ballsinside the 20 once (1994). He was also named to the Huskies All-Century team.