The Info List - Jerry Richardson

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Jerome Johnson Richardson Sr. (born July 18, 1936) is a former NFL player and the founder and principal owner of the Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
of the National Football League.


1 Early life and college 2 Professional football 3 Business 4 Carolina Panthers 5 Personal life 6 References 7 External links

Early life and college[edit] Richardson was born in Spring Hope, North Carolina. After completing high school in Fayetteville, North Carolina, he entered Wofford College, located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Richardson was an Associated Press Little All-America selection in 1957 and '58. He still holds Wofford's single-game record with 241 receiving yards vs. Newberry in 1956 and is the record holder for touchdown receptions in a season (9 in 1958) and in a career (21). As a senior at Wofford, he scored 72 points on nine touchdowns, 12 extra points and two field goals. Richardson calls being elected team captain in 1958 his greatest honor. In 1983, he was chosen to Wofford's All-Time Football team as a receiver. Richardson was active in numerous groups on the Wofford campus; he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order
Kappa Alpha Order
fraternity, President of the Inter-Fraternity Council, and member of the SCA Cabinet. Honors he received while at Wofford included Distinguished Military Student, Scabbard and Blade
Scabbard and Blade
Military Fraternity, Sigma Delta Psi, Blue Key National Honorary Fraternity, and recognition in Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges.[1] Professional football[edit] Drafted in the 13th round by the defending world champion Baltimore Colts, Richardson played two seasons in the NFL, earning Colt Rookie of the Year honors in 1959. He caught a touchdown pass in the 1959 NFL Championship Game from quarterback Johnny Unitas. Business[edit] Following his NFL career, Richardson used his 1959 NFL championship bonus with the help of Charles Bradshaw to open the first Hardee's franchise in Spartanburg. The two ended up owning the Hardee's business 50/50. The business expanded rapidly under his hands-on management style. From headquarters in Spartanburg, he co-founded Spartan Foods, which was the first franchisee of Hardee's. He later was the CEO of Flagstar, which was the sixth largest food service company in the nation, controlling 2,500 restaurants and 100,000 employees. He retired in 1995.[2] Carolina Panthers[edit] On October 26, 1993, Richardson became the first former NFL player since George Halas
George Halas
to become an owner when the Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
were unanimously awarded the NFL's 29th franchise.[3] Richardson played a prominent role locking out the NFL players in 2011 and in negotiating a new players agreement.[4] For the most part, Richardson has stayed in the background and rarely interferes in the Panthers' day-to-day operations. For instance, when he fired George Seifert after the 2001 season (in which the Panthers went 1-15), he went nine years before holding another press conference at which he took questions from the media—when he announced that John Fox's contract would not be renewed.[5] One of the few times in which he has directly intervened in football matters came in the 2014–15 offseason, when he refused to re-sign player Greg Hardy
Greg Hardy
in the wake of domestic violence charges. Despite requests from players and coaches to let Hardy have another chance, Richardson said that he made the decision not to do so because "we do the right things."[6] It had long been presumed that Richardson intended to have his sons, Mark and the late Jon (who died in July 2013 from cancer),[7] inherit the team. However, both stepped aside before the 2009 season. On January 16, 2013, WBTV
in Charlotte reported that Richardson wants the team sold after he dies, but presumably only to someone who will keep the team in Charlotte.[8] Since the death of Buffalo Bills
Buffalo Bills
founder Ralph Wilson in 2014, Richardson is one of only two NFL owners ( Houston Texans
Houston Texans
owner Robert C. McNair being the other) to have owned his respective team for its entire history. In the 2015 season, Richardson's Panthers reached Super Bowl 50
Super Bowl 50
on February 7, 2016, after losing only one game all season. The Panthers fell to the Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos
by a score of 24–10.[9] On December 17, 2017, Sports Illustrated
Sports Illustrated
reported that "at least four former Panthers employees have received ‘significant’ monetary settlements due to inappropriate workplace comments and conduct by owner Jerry Richardson, including sexually suggestive language and behavior, and on at least one occasion directing a racial slur at an African-American Panthers scout." According to the article, Richardson regularly asked women in the team offices to "turn around so he could admire their backsides" on Casual Friday, among other "disturbing" office behavior.[10] On December 17, 2017, it was announced that Richardson intended to sell the Panthers franchise at the conclusion of the 2017 season. Personal life[edit]

Jerry Richardson Stadium
Jerry Richardson Stadium
at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte

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,[11] was placed on a donor waiting list for a new heart two days later. He received a new heart on February 1, 2009, and has since recovered from the transplant.[12] Richardson and businessman Hugh McColl
Hugh McColl
purchased the naming rights to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte's football field in 2011. The stadium was named Jerry Richardson Stadium
Jerry Richardson Stadium
in 2013 after an additional $10 million donation. The future of the naming rights are now uncertain in the wake of sexual harassment allegations. [13] In 2006 and 2015, he was elected to the South Carolina Business and Sports Halls of Fame, respectively. In 2016 he funded the Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts, in honor of his wife, on the Wofford College
Wofford College
campus. In 2017, he funded Wofford's Jerry Richardson
Jerry Richardson
Indoor Stadium. References[edit]

^ http://www.panthers.com/media-vault/videos/Wofford-honors-Jerry-Richardson/4196d4c8-cf12-40f2-92db-84cf91aacc7f ^ Jerry Richardson. Knowitall.org. Retrieved on 2012-04-19. ^ Hoffer, Richard (October 28, 1991). "The Franchise". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on December 27, 2013. Retrieved May 13, 2016.  ^ Jerry Richardson
Jerry Richardson
Tribute. Panthers.com. Retrieved on 2012-04-19. ^ Fowler, Scott (2013). 100 Things Panthers Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die. Triumph Books. ISBN 9781600788246.  ^ Newton, David (2015-03-23). "Owner says he let Greg Hardy
Greg Hardy
leave". ESPN.  ^ Reed, Steve (2013-08-09). "Bears defense shines in 24-17 loss to Panthers". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2013-08-10.  ^ Source: Richardson mandates Panthers be sold after death. WBTV, 2013-01-16 ^ " Super Bowl 50
Super Bowl 50
- Denver Broncos
Denver Broncos
vs. Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
- February 7th, 2016". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 7 August 2017.  ^ Wertheim, L. Jon; Bernstein, Viv. "Sources: Jerry Richardson, Panthers Have Made Multiple Confidential Payouts for Workplace Misconduct, Including Sexual Harassment and Use of a Racial Slur". Sports Illustrated. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 18 December 2017.  ^ Mike Cranston "Panthers owner Richardson needs heart transplant". Archived from the original on December 15, 2008. Retrieved 2012-01-27. CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link) . Associated Press ^ Carolina Panthers
Carolina Panthers
Owner Has Heart Transplant ESPN, February 2, 2009 ^ http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nfl/carolina-panthers/article190411004.html

External links[edit]

Richard Hoffer (1991-10-28). "The FRANCHISE: Jerry Richardson
Jerry Richardson
quit the Baltimore Colts
Baltimore Colts
over a $250 raise in 1961, parlayed a hamburger stand into a fortune, and now could end up owning an NFL team". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2017-12-17. 

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Current owners of the National Football League

American Football Conference

AFC East AFC North AFC South AFC West

Terry and Kim Pegula (Buffalo Bills) Stephen M. Ross
Stephen M. Ross
(Miami Dolphins) Robert Kraft
Robert Kraft
(New England Patriots) Woody Johnson
Woody Johnson
(New York Jets)

Steve Bisciotti
Steve Bisciotti
(Baltimore Ravens) Mike Brown (Cincinnati Bengals) Jimmy and Dee Haslam (Cleveland Browns) Rooney family
Rooney family
(Pittsburgh Steelers)

Bob McNair
Bob McNair
(Houston Texans) Jim Irsay
Jim Irsay
(Indianapolis Colts) Shahid Khan
Shahid Khan
(Jacksonville Jaguars) KSA Industries (Tennessee Titans)

Pat Bowlen
Pat Bowlen
(Denver Broncos) Clark Hunt
Clark Hunt
(Kansas City Chiefs) Alex Spanos (Los Angeles Chargers) Mark and Carol Davis (Oakland Raiders)

National Football Conference

NFC East NFC North NFC South NFC West

Jerry Jones
Jerry Jones
(Dallas Cowboys) John Mara and Steve Tisch (New York Giants) Jeffrey Lurie
Jeffrey Lurie
(Philadelphia Eagles) Daniel Snyder
Daniel Snyder
(Washington Redskins)

Virginia Halas McCaskey (Chicago Bears) Martha Firestone Ford (Detroit Lions) Green Bay Packers, Inc.
Green Bay Packers, Inc.
(governed by a Board of Directors) (Green Bay Packers) Zygi Wilf
Zygi Wilf
(Minnesota Vikings)

Arthur Blank
Arthur Blank
(Atlanta Falcons) Jerry Richardson
Jerry Richardson
(Carolina Panthers) Gayle Benson (New Orleans Saints) Glazer Family (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Bill Bidwill (Arizona Cardinals) Stan Kroenke (Los Angeles Rams) John and Denise York (San Francisco 49ers) Paul Allen
Paul Allen
(Seattle Seahawks)

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Baltimore Colts
Baltimore Colts
1959 NFL champions

17 Ray Brown 19 Johnny Unitas 20 Milt Davis 21 Art DeCarlo 23 Carl Taseff 24 Lenny Moore 25 Alex Hawkins 26 Mike Sommer 31 Billy Pricer 35 Alan Ameche 36 Bill Pellington 41 Jackie Simpson 43 Hal Lewis 44 Bert Rechichar 45 L. G. Dupree 47 Johnny Sample 50 Buzz Nutter 52 Dick Szymanski 60 George Preas 63 Art Spinney 64 Marv Matuszak 65 Steve Myhra 66 Don Shinnick 68 Alex Sandusky 70 Art Donovan 76 Big Daddy Lipscomb 77 Jim Parker 78 Ray Krouse 79 Sherman Plunkett 80 Andy Nelson 81 Ordell Braase 82 Raymond Berry 83 Don Joyce 84 Jim Mutscheller 85 Ed Cooke 86 Dave Sherer 87 Jerry Richardson 89 Gino Marchetti

Head Coach: Weeb Ewbank

Assistant Coaches: Herman Ball Don McCafferty John Sandusky Charley Winner

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