Born in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, Rick Kehr played collegiate level football at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Kehr described himself as a “… small college Division III All-American” and spent time in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers and the St. Louis Cardinals ahead of earning a spot with the 1987 Washington team.
Once Kehr landed in DC, he met two coaches who made a lifelong impression on him. As a member of the 1987 Washington Super Bowl Championship team, Kehr learned the on-and-off the field principles of football from Head Coach, Joe Gibbs and Offensive Line Coach, Joe Bugel. Kehr described what he learned as “principles that not only were successful for Coach Gibbs but also allowed players… [to] be successful in [their] post-playing career.” While many of his teammates took up coaching post-NFL, Kehr decided to step into the business world, eventually becoming the Vice President General Manager of Coca-Cola Refreshments’ southeast Texas organizations.
During his time with Coca-Cola, Kehr implemented the principles he learned from Coach Gibbs and Coach Bugel to help him become a better father, husband, businessman, leader, and overall person. Kehr learned how to be a good teammate during his playing days, and he carried over that skill from the football field to the business world.