Nov. 14, 2008
A self-taught punter, Rich Camarillo played two seasons for the Huskies in 1979 and 1980. He arrived on the UW campus after a two-year junior college stint at Cerritos Junior College in California, where he earned All-American honors.
At Washington, he had a steady but unspectacular career. He averaged 39.3 yards in his 115 punts for the Huskies during his two year career, numbers that rank him ninth on the all-time per yard average list in UW history. One huge feather in his cap was that the team went 10-2 in 1979 -- a season that included a Sun Bowl win over Texas -- and 9-3 with a Rose Bowl loss to Michigan in 1980.
"His kicks were perfect spirals," remembers Dave Torrell, who is the Husky Hall of Fame curator and historian. "He had classic form."
It was what Camarillo was able to accomplish after he left Washington that sets him apart from other Husky football players. Camarillo carved out a NFL career that spanned 16 seasons, included five Pro Bowl appearances and seven selections to either the first or second team All-Pro list.
Camarillo finished his NFL career with 1,027 punts for 43,895 yards (42.7 avg.) and 279 punts inside the 20 yard line. He played for five different teams during his distinguished career: New England (1981-87), Los Angeles Rams (1988), Phoenix Cardinals (1989-93), Houston Oilers (1994-95) and Oakland Raiders (1996). He appeared in only one Super Bowl during his career, punting six times (one went 62 yards, which was a Super Bowl record at the time) in New England's 46-10 loss to Chicago in Super Bowl XX.
Camarillo led the league in punting twice (1985 and 1994), net yard average three times (1983, 1991, and 1992), gross yards per punt once (1989) and balls inside the 20 once (1994). He was also named to the Huskies All-Century team.