2012 HOF – Richard Barclay

Richard Barclay was born in Deming, New Mexico to Dale and Alta Barclay who ingrained sports into him. He started playing football in his early teens through college and one year with the Albuquerque Thunderbirds. Richard spent two years at New Mexico Military Institute where he received an All American Football award for the guard position. Richard spent 3 years at Western New Mexico University where he received two All American Football awards for guard and tackle. Later Richard became a Physical Education teacher and coaching wrestling and football at Bayard, New Mexico for a year before he came to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1971. In Albuquer- que his teaching and coaching career lasted for thirty one years.

Richard coached football and track at Washington Jr. High.  He coached football and baseball at Kennedy Jr. High and he coached football, wrestling and girls’ softball at Manzano High School.

Richard ended his career at Wilson Middle School in 2002 where he taught science and P.E.

One day while jogging around Johnson Field at UNM Richard was approached by Ray Marrone. Life changed as he knew it. Ray asked if Richard would like to play Rugby. Richard’s response was “What’s Rugby”. After watching for a while he knew he wanted to play rugby. Physical con- tact made Richard competitive. He was in on practice that day. At first Richard didn’t know block- ing was not allowed. That didn’t set well with the other players. He wasn’t playing football any- more. That was 1972 and for 21 years Richard played the loose head prop position for the New Mexico Rugby Club and then the Aardvarks. Later other teams formed in the state.

Many eventful road trips were taken that the old boys still talk about today. A memorable event was in 1979 in Denver when the Aardvarks played St. Louis in the National Quarter Finals. If the Aardvarks would have won they would have advanced to the Final Four. That was a long trip home.

Richard married his wife Janet in 1995. They decided they would build a cabin in the mountains that same year. It was a real adventure that lasted for 7 years before they moved in. There was lots of help from several Aardvarks including Dick Greene, Ladd Stribling, Ray Marrone, Hal Hames, Sean Hames, Kevin Hale and Dan Pargin. These friendships were formed while Richard was playing with the Aardvarks that last today. Richard still keeps busy making rustic furniture to fill the cabin he and Janet built. He also backpacks with friends and family, camps and travels around the country. When he isn’t doing all that he is a “hermit” as some of his friends call him, but he will always take time for one of his Aardvark friends.

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