The Major League Soccer community was saddened on Tuesday to learn of the unexpected death of former FC Dallas player Bobby Rhine, who had transitioned to the FCD front office and TV booth. Rapids defender Drew Moor was a teammate of Rhine’s during Moor’s four seasons at FC Dallas )2005-2008), and shared his thoughts on the passing of his good friend:
"It was a shock to hear the news. I couldn’t believe it. I called my dad right away and I couldn’t even get the words out of my mouth. My dad knew how much I looked up to him. I cried a bunch before I went out for training. I told a couple of the guys who knew Bobby, because I felt it was important that they know. And honestly I couldn’t focus today during practice. I was obviously just crushed and saddened by the news, especially for Bevan (Bobby’s wife), his two little boys and their whole family.
He brought a smile to everybody’s face and had such a positive influence. We played in the same position my first year, so I learned a lot from him. But I think it was more what he taught me off the field – he taught me a passion for the game. He could really motivate you.
I think it’s important that everybody remembers all the positive things that Bobby did. You want to celebrate his life, you want to tell stories about funny things that he did – and he did a bunch of funny things. Everybody liked him and wanted to joke with him.
I remember one of the first games I started, in my first year in 2005, we were playing the Rapids over at Invesco. I was playing right back and Bobby was playing right midfield. He had a broken wrist going into the game and during the game he got elbowed and split his eye open. So they wrapped his head and he looked like a mummy, and he scored the game-winning goal with something like five minutes left to play. That had a great influence on me, celebrating with him with the wrap falling off of his head.
He was a consummate professional. He was so competitive but he was such a team player. Part of why I have a deep love and passion for the game, and know how to take care of myself off the field, and the way I try to treat people off the field, is because I spent four seasons with Bobby Rhine at FC Dallas.
When I came out of college, I didn’t know how I was going to mix with the older guys, especially an older guy who played the same position. And Bobby is the kind of guy who becomes your role model right away, because he comes in with a smile on his face, with something funny to say, something nice to say, something positive to say. He took me under his wing; he took everybody under his wing. He let everybody know that he was there for them, that if you were on his team you were better off, and that if you were playing against him, then you had a long day ahead of you.
I know Bobby got so much out of the League. He spent all of his time in Dallas, and Dallas is a special place for me. He was a fan favorite. He was so good with the fans, with The Inferno, a group of fans who I still hold very close to my heart. I think part of that is because of Bobby. I saw the way he reacted to fans my first couple of years, and the way he treated them, and what they gave back. I think everybody at FC Dallas saw what a positive influence he was and what a gift it was to have him in that organization.
It hurts to say this, but he was the kind of guy that, as my years go on and I start thinking of what I’m going to do when I’m finished playing, I would have wanted to reach out to because I would have loved to have worked for him or with him.
I knew his family, his parents, and I want to extend my thoughts and prayers to them. I know they have a lot of support and I want to be there to support them as well. Bobby was such a great professional, such a great friend, and I’m so saddened by his passing."
(From FC Dallas: In lieu of flowers, the family would like donations to be made to the FC Dallas Foundation. For more information on contributing to the Foundation in Bobby’s honor, please visit https://www.fcdallas.com/form/donations).