Argos’ Rich Stubler Finds Midfield Between Football and Life
To most people, football remains at its core, a weekend diversion, a business or simply a fond childhood memory.
For Rich Stubler, football has always been the essence of his being. It’s what beckons him in the morning; it’s what carries him through his days; it’s what plays through his mind in the dying light of nightfall.
Football has been at the centre of his family, business and school life. His father was a coaching lifer. He grew up in the game; played fullback in college and this marks his 45th season since taking this first gig as a coach at Colorado’s Roaring Fork high school.
“Coaching is my life. It is who I am, not what I do,” says Stubler, now in his 29th season as a Canadian Football League coach. “Most people have jobs … to make money. But their job is not who they are. On the weekends, they go to the cottage. In my case I am a football coach. That’s who I am. That’s what I do. That’s my whole life.”