Hale Grad Rick Wagner Plays for Green Bay Packers

Hale Grad Rick Wagner Plays for Green Bay Packers
Posted on 09/20/2020
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On Sunday, September 20, 2020, Rick Wagner, Nathan Hale High School graduate Class of 2008, stepped on the hallowed ground of Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  The 30-year-old Wagner is now an offensive tackle for the Green Bay Packers.

According to Scott Pritzl, Physical Education teacher and Coach at Nathan Hale High School, Rick Wagner was always a stand-out athlete. “I started working with Rick when he made the varsity basketball team as a freshman.  He had height and ability.  Of course, Rick was also on our football teams. In class, he was a typical student. On the court or field, he was an incredible athlete.”
After graduating from Nathan Hale High School, Wagner walked onto the Badgers football team at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He appeared in 51 games with 37 starts and earned first-team All-Big Ten recognition and second-team All-America honors as a senior in 2012.  In his three seasons as a starter for the Badgers (2010-12), he was a part of offenses that ranked in the top 15 in the nation in rushing all three years and in the top 10 in scoring in two of three seasons (2010-11).
In the National Football league, Wagner has appeared in 102 games with 87 starts.  He  played for the Baltimore Ravens for four seasons (2013-16) and the Detroit Lions for three seasons (2017-19).  Wagner started all 40 games he appeared in at right tackle for the Lions over the last three seasons.  
After eight seasons with Detroit Lions, Wanger was released by the team and picked up by the Green Bay Packers.  He was signed as a free agent on March 17, 2020.  
“A few years ago, I had the opportunity to catch up with Rick.  He married his high school sweetheart, Kirstin Froehlich and the couple have two children.  He is very humble and shies away from the limelight,” said Pritzl.  “Rick worked hard to make his mark.  Now he’s “home” playing for our own Green Bay Packers.  We are all so very proud of him.”