JEROME JOHNSON "JERRY" RICHARDSON, SR. (born July 18, 1936) is a
former NFL player and the founder and principal owner of the Carolina
Panthers of the
National Football League
* 1 Biography * 2 Personal life * 3 References * 4 External links
Richardson was born in Spring Hope, North Carolina . After completing high school in Fayetteville, North Carolina , he entered Wofford College, a Phi Beta Kappa 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 his greatest honor being elected team captain in 1958. In 1983, he was chosen to Wofford's All-Time Football team as a receiver.
Richardson was also active in numerous groups on the Wofford campus.
He was a member of
Kappa Alpha Order
Drafted in the 13th round by the defending world champion 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
Following his NFL career, Richardson embarked on a successful
business 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
On October 26, 1993, Richardson became the first former NFL player
Richardson played a prominent role locking out the NFL players in 2011 and in negotiating a new players agreement. In 2015, he was elected to the South Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.
For the most part, Richardson has largely 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. One of the
few times in which he has directly intervened in football matters came
in the 2014–15 offseason, when he refused to resign
It had long been presumed that Richardson intended to have his sons,
Mark and the late Jon (who died in July 2013 from cancer), inherit
the team. However, both stepped aside before the 2009 season. On
January 16, 2013,
Since the death of
The University of North Carolina-Charlotte 49ers Football stadium is named after him.
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 has since recovered from the transplant.
* ^ 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.