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Football Career Comes Full Circle for Rocket-Fast Restaurateur Rico Gafford

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Life is full of twists and turns.

Rico Gafford was in the process of opening a sports bar in his hometown of Des Moines, Iowa, in early 2020 when COVID struck. And, in the spring, Gafford was in the process of learning the Green Bay Packers’ playbook on offense when the team signed Sammy Watkins and drafted three receivers.

Life also is about navigating around those twists and turns, adapting to change and fighting through adversity. Gafford’s done that in the business world. Rico’s at Drake is thriving to such an extent than he and his wife recently opened Vibes Kitchen and Bar in downtown Des Moines.