- Jerry Richardson
Jerry Richardson Position(s)
Born July 11, 1936
Spring Hope, North Carolina
Career information Year(s) 1959–1960 NFL Draft 1958 / Round: 13 / Pick: 154 College Wofford College Professional teams Career stats Receptions 15 Receiving Yards 171 Total Touchdowns 4 Stats at NFL.com Career highlights and awards
- NFL Champion(1959)
Jerry Richardson is a native North Carolinian whose dream was to bring NFL football and the world championship he knew as a player with the Baltimore Colts of the NFL to his home region of the Carolinas. With the Panthers in their second decade, Richardson has firmly established the NFL in the Carolina landscape while dedicating his efforts to making the rest of his vision a reality. Mr. Richardson is the only person inducted into the sports and business halls of fame in both South Carolina and North Carolina.
On October 26, 1993, Richardson became the first former NFL player since George Halas to become an owner when the Carolina Panthers were unanimously awarded the NFL's 29th franchise. This followed a highly successful national and international career in the food industry.
A lifelong resident of the Carolinas, Richardson and his wife, Rosalind Sallenger Richardson, have two sons, Jon and Mark (who played football at UNC and Clemson, respectively), and a daughter, Ashley Richardson Allen, of Charlotte. The Richardsons have nine grandchildren and live in Charlotte. Two of Richardson's grandchildren have played varsity sports (football and volleyball) at Wofford College, his alma mater. At Wofford, Richardson was an exceptional student and athlete. He still holds most receiving records at the school, where he was a small-college All-American. Wofford retired his number in October, 2011.Richardson remains an active and generous supporter of Wofford College, including sponsoring the competitive and comprehensive Richardson Family Scholars program for outstanding students and athletes. Richardson remains an active owner of the Panthers, but generally has allowed his front office staff and coaches to make decisions regarding player personnel and game strategy. He has always supported the Panthers in good and bad times, having never missed a Carolina home game until he was hospitalized before a December 8, 2008 Monday Night Football matchup against division rivals Tampa Bay. His connection with the team has led to the nickname "Big Cat". Richardson is well known for his calm and businesslike approach, and has played a prominent and respected role in negotiations between the NFL and NFL players.
Richardson was hospitalized in Charlotte at Carolinas Medical Center in early December 2008, one month after receiving a pacemaker. Richardson, who had a history of heart trouble and had undergone quadruple bypass surgery in 2002, was placed on a donor waiting list for a new heart two days later. He received a new heart on February 1, 2009 and he is recovering well from the transplant.
He opened the first Hardee's franchise in 1961 under Spartan Foods. The business expanded rapidly, under his hands-on management style. He later rose to CEO of Flagstar, controlling 2,500 restaurants and 100,000 employees, and retired in 1995. He has maintained some interests in the food industry, including Bojangles Chicken.
Prior to the 2011 NFL Draft in which the Panthers had the first overall pick, Richardson asked Auburn quarterback Cam Newton to have a clean-cut appearance after Newton told Richardson he had no tattoos, piercings, and was thinking about growing his hair longer. Although this is similar to a policy the New York Yankees has on all of its players, this gained some controversy on Richardson's part due to other players (most notably Steve Smith and Jeremy Shockey) had visible tattoos and, in Shockey's case, had longer hair earlier in his career with the New York Giants, with Richardson even being accused of racism. Despite this, Newton agreed to Richardson's dress code policies as a condition of being drafted first overall, and the Panthers ultimately drafted Newton first overall in the draft.
- ^ http://www.panthers.com/news/article-2/Richardsons-number-retired-by-Wofford/8a375a25-905a-4261-ae05-dd233aa8bdbb
- ^ web|url=http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/news/story?id=4161925%7Ctitle=NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson doing well|publisher=ESPN.com|date=2009-05-12|accessdate=2009-05-28}}
- ^ http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ib0qjD9UkR3fpaNxM358_QY6m1HgD9506CRO0
- ^ Carolina Panthers Owner Has Heart Transplant ESPN, February 2, 2009
- ^ http://www.knowitall.org/legacy/laureates/Jerry%20Richardson.html
- ^ http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/6894818/carolina-panthers-jerry-richardson-cam-newton-no-tats-piercings
- ^ http://www.thenation.com/blog/163011/jerry-richardson-cam-newton-and-color-control
Carolina Panthers Founded in 1995 • Based in Charlotte, North Carolina The Franchise Stadiums Culture and Lore Rivalries Hall of Honor Head Coaches Playoff Appearances (4) Division Championships (3) Conference Championships (1) Super Bowl Appearances (1) Seasons Current League Affiliations Current owners of the National Football League American Football Conference AFC East AFC North AFC South AFC West National Football Conference NFC East NFC North NFC South NFC West Baltimore Colts 1959 NFL ChampionsAlan Ameche | Raymond Berry | Ordell Braase | Ray Brown | Ed Cooke | Milt Davis | Art DeCarlo | Art Donovan | L. G. Dupree | Alex Hawkins | Don Joyce | Ray Krouse | Hal Lewis | Big Daddy Lipscomb | Gino Marchetti | Marv Matuszak | Lenny Moore | Jim Mutscheller | Steve Myhra | Andy Nelson | Buzz Nutter | Jim Parker | Bill Pellington | Sherman Plunkett | George Preas | Billy Pricer | Bert Rechichar | Jerry Richardson | Johnny Sample | Alex Sandusky | Dave Sherer | Don Shinnick | Jackie Simpson | Mike Sommer | Art Spinney | Dick Szymanski | Carl Taseff | Johnny Unitas
Head Coach Weeb Ewbank
Assistant Coaches Herman Ball | Don McCafferty | John Sandusky | Charley Winner
NFL Alumni Career Achievement Award1981 Rocky Bleier & Roger Staubach • 1982 Merlin Olsen & O. J. Simpson • 1983 George Blanda & Earl Morrall • 1985 Frank Gifford & Jack Kemp • 1986 Dan Fortmann & Ray Nitschke • 1987 Willie Davis & Don Hutson • 1988 Art Donovan • 1989 Bart Starr • 1990 Nick Buoniconti • 1992 Ken Farragut • 1993 Gino Marchetti • 1994 Byron White • 1995 Alan Page • 1996 Mike Reid • 1997 Jerry Richardson • 1998 Dr. Robert Khayat • 1999 Dr. Ed Sutton • 2000 Paul Salata • 2001 Terry Bradshaw • 2002 Steve Largent • 2003 Fred Dryer • 2004 Bob Griese • 2005 Drew Pearson • 2007 Mike Haynes
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