Dick Felt was born on March 4, 1933 in Lehi, Utah. He has had a long and successful football career, beginning in high school as an All-State player during his senior year. After graduating from Lehi High School, he played halfback and defensive back for BYU.

After his college career, Dick served in the Air Force in 1958. He played football for two years at Boeing Air Force Base in Washington, and was named Most Valuable Player in the Air Force in 1959, as well as being named to the All-Service football team.

Dick playing professionally for seven seasons with the New York Titans in 1960 and 1961, and with the Boston Patriots from 1962-1966. He was an all-star in 1961 and 1962 and was named to the All-Pro second teams. He helped the Patriots reach the 1963 AFL Championship game against San Diego.

He was hired as an assistant football coach at BYU in 1967. In 1972, he became the defensive coordinator and secondary coach, and later assistant head coach. His coaching talent contributed to a highly successful record for BYU football, including a national championship in 1984. He missed half of the 1990 season following heart surgery, but returned to coach three more seasons.

Dick was involved with the athletic administration for the last five years of his BYU career, where he helped organize the BYU Varsity Club. He retired from BYU in 1998.

He was inducted into the BYU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1977 as a player. He became a member of the Utah Sports Hall of Fame in 1986 and was honored by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, Utah Chapter, for his Outstanding Contribution to Amateur Football.

Dick Felt died on the morning of November 17, 2012, at the age of 79 in Provo, Utah.  It was the day of the BYU-San Jose State football game, almost exactly 50 years after he ran for four touchdowns in one quarter, against San Jose State (Nov. 8, 1952) to set a BYU record that still stands.