Born: May 23, 1996- Des Moines, Iowa
2023: Years as a Lion: 1st Years in CFL: 1st Status: American
Career Games: 0 Playoffs: 0 Grey Cup: 0
Rico was signed to a practice roster deal by the Lions in September 2023 and returned to the team in late November of that same year.
2018-23: Rico signed with the Tennessee Titans as a non-drafted free agent in 2018 and was waived by the team following training camp before signing on with the Oakland Raiders. After switching his primary position to wide receiver, Gafford made his pro debut for the Raiders in a special teams role on December 24, 2018 against Denver. After beginning the 2019 campaign on the practice roster, Rico was activated again and hauled in his first career reception on a pass from David Carr against Tennessee on December 8. In four contests that season, he recorded a pair of receptions for 66 yards in four games.
After spending most of 2020 on the Raiders’ practice roster, Rico had training camp and practice squad stints in Arizona, Buffalo, Denver and Green Bay from 2021-22. He spent part of 2023 with the USFL Birmingham Stallions where he once again moved from defensive back to wide receiver.
2016-17: transferred to Wyoming for his final two years of eligibility and recorded 103 combined tackles (76 solo, 27 assisted), 11 pass knockdowns, six interceptions, three forced fumbles and one touchdown over 27 contests.
2014-15: Rico began his college career at Iowa Western Community College and helped the Reivers reach the NJCAA National Championship Bowl as a starter in his freshman season. As a sophomore, he was named Second Team All-Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC).