When Rico was in high school, he was a popular football star with dreams of going to the NFL. He dropped the winning pass for the big game and lost his popularity soon after. He dropped out of high school, abandoned his dreams, and lived in his orange Santana ever since. He spent his time filming himself throwing footballs. Many years later, After Napoleon and Kip's grandma breaks her coccyx, their grandma calls Uncle Rico to take care of both of them while she is in the hospital. Kip is happy and doesn't mind that his uncle stays while Napoleon hates it. Rico shows one of his football tapes to his two nephews which Kip likes but Napoleon says, “This is pretty much the worst video ever made!” Offended, Rico orders Napoleon to leave the room. Uncle Rico attempts a get rich quick scheme with Kip by selling sets of plastic bowls and later a breast enhancement product. They decide to sell them under Napoleon’s name and word quickly spreads around his school that Napoleon is responsible. He makes Deb hate Napoleon after he offers to sell her a breast enhancement product, saying it was "Napoleon's idea."
Angered, Napoleon finds Uncle Rico and chucks a fruit at his Santana. Rico lets out a startled high pitched screech, stops his van, and charges out to confront him. Napoleon, however, had more ammo as he hits Rico in the thigh with an orange and begins to run away. Rico quickly catches up to his nephew, tackles him to the grass, and puts him in a headlock. He angrily asks him, “Why the hell you throw crap at my van Napoleon?!” Napoleon angrily answered back with “Everybody at school thinks i’m a freaking idiot because of you!” Without acknowledgement of Napoleon’s reply, he declares “You're gonna clean my van, right now!” Napoleon, having no intention to do so, says, “Get off of me, you bodaggit!” And elbows him in the stomach, releasing Rico’s grip and allowing Napoleon to escape.
Later, Rico is filming yet another one of his football tapes in the Dyanmite front yard. He and his nephew get in a heated argument when Napoleon orders him to leave. He is also beat up by Rex, after Rico was getting a little too close to his wife while trying to offer her his breast enhancement product. At the end of the movie, he is seen with a broken arm (after being beat up by Rex) and reunites with his ex girlfriend.
- "Kip, I reckon you know a lot about...cyberspace?"
- —Uncle Rico
He could have gone on to win the high school football champonships and gone to the University of Idaho to win the BCS Championship.