Tate Rich, BA’76, JD’79, still chuckles when reminded of the interception he returned 35 yards for a touchdown against UT-Chattanooga on Sept. 13, 1975.That play ranks in the Vanderbilt record books as one of the top-15 interception returns in school history.”I tell people I was a prototype for Lawrence Taylor,”he laughs.”I played when Bill Parcells was an assistant coach here.”These days he works in the family business as president of Delta Coals, a Nashville-based coal sales agent for coal mines located in Virginia and Western Kentucky.”I’ve been fortunate to work for the past 25 years with Doug Humphreys [BS'78], another member of the Vanderbilt football team,”he says.”He’s the owner of a family-operated coal mine in Wise County,Va.”Rich and Humphreys also are involved in oil and gas production with fellow Vandy football player David Harber, BE’76, through Delta Oil and Gas, based in Tulsa, Okla. Rich and his wife, Nora Wellman Rich, BE’78, live in Nashville and have four children.
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