Jerry Richardson

Jerome Johnson Richardson Sr. (born July 18, 1936) is an American businessman, former NFL player and former owner in the National Football League (NFL). He established the Carolina Panthers franchise, which he owned for 23 years.

Jerry Richardson
No. 87
Position:Flanker/Halfback
Personal information
Born:July 18, 1936 (age 82)
Spring Hope, North Carolina
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Career information
High school:Terry Sanford
(Fayetteville, North Carolina)
College:Wofford
NFL Draft:1958 / Round: 13 / Pick: 154
Career history
As player:
As executive:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Receptions:15
Receiving Yards:171
Total Touchdowns:4
Player stats at NFL.com

Early life and college

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 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 Military Fraternity, Sigma Delta Psi, Blue Key National Honorary Fraternity, and recognition in Who's Who in American Universities and Colleges.[1]

Professional football

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

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 United States, controlling 2,500 restaurants and providing jobs for 100,000 employees. He retired in 1995.[2]

Carolina Panthers

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.[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 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 Jon, inherit the team. However, both stepped aside before the 2009 season, and Jon died in 2013.[7] 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 and jobs in Charlotte.[8]

After the death of Buffalo Bills founder Ralph Wilson in 2014, Richardson was one of only two NFL owners (Houston Texans owner Robert C. McNair being the other) to have owned his respective team for its entire history. After both Richardson's sale of the Panthers and McNair's death in 2018, there remains no NFL owners that have owned their teams for their entire history.

In the 2015 season, Richardson's Panthers reached Super Bowl 50 on February 7, 2016, after losing only one game all season. The Panthers fell to the Denver Broncos by a score of 24–10.[9] At company expense the Panthers transported and housed a majority of their employees at the Super Bowl.

On December 17, 2017, 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 anonymous sources which were the basis for the article, Richardson 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 the same day, it was announced that Richardson intended to sell the Panthers franchise at the conclusion of the 2017 season. After great interest from the market, in May 2018 Richardson finalized a sale to billionaire and then Pittsburgh Steelers minority owner David Tepper for an NFL record sales price of 2.2 billion dollars. The deal was approved by NFL owners on May 22, 2018. On June 28, 2018, Richardson was fined $2.75 million for alleged workplace misconduct.[11]

Personal life

Jerry Richardson Stadium crop
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,[12] 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.[13]

Richardson and businessman 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 in 2013 after an additional $10 million donation. The future of the naming rights are now uncertain in the wake of sexual harassment allegations. [14]

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 campus. In 2017, he funded Wofford's state-of-the-art Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium.

References

  1. ^ http://www.panthers.com/media-vault/videos/Wofford-honors-Jerry-Richardson/4196d4c8-cf12-40f2-92db-84cf91aacc7f
  2. ^ Jerry Richardson. Knowitall.org. Retrieved on April 19, 2012.
  3. ^ Hoffer, Richard (October 28, 1991). "The Franchise". Sports Illustrated. Archived from the original on December 27, 2013. Retrieved May 13, 2016.
  4. ^ Jerry Richardson Tribute. Panthers.com. Retrieved on April 19, 2012.
  5. ^ Fowler, Scott (2013). 100 Things Panthers Fans Should Know And Do Before They Die. Triumph Books. ISBN 9781600788246.
  6. ^ Newton, David (March 23, 2015). "Owner says he let Greg Hardy leave". ESPN.
  7. ^ Reed, Steve (August 9, 2013). "Bears defense shines in 24-17 loss to Panthers". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved August 10, 2013.
  8. ^ Source: Richardson mandates Panthers be sold after death. WBTV, January 16, 2013
  9. ^ "Super Bowl 50 - Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers - February 7th, 2016". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved August 7, 2017.
  10. ^ 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 December 18, 2017.
  11. ^ "Former Panthers owner Jerry Richardson $2.75M". NFL. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  12. ^ Mike Cranston "Panthers owner Richardson needs heart transplant". Archived from the original on December 15, 2008. Retrieved January 27, 2012.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link). Associated Press
  13. ^ Carolina Panthers Owner Has Heart Transplant ESPN, February 2, 2009
  14. ^ http://www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nfl/carolina-panthers/article190411004.html

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1962 West Texas State Buffaloes football team

The 1962 West Texas State Buffaloes football team was an American football team that represented West Texas State College (now known as West Texas A&M University) as an independent during the 1962 NCAA University Division football season. In its third season under head coach Joe Kerbel, the team compiled a 9–2 record, defeated Ohio in the 1962 Sun Bowl, and outscored all opponents by a total of 312 to 115. The team played its home games at the Buffalo Bowl (later renamed Kimbrough Memorial Stadium) in Canyon, Texas.

On offense, the team averaged 28.4 points per game, ranking fourth among 120 major college programs for the 1962 season. On defense, the team intercepted 25 passes and totaled 529 interception return years, both of which remain school records. Jerry Logan's 99-yard interception return against Arizona State on October 13, 1962, also remains a school record.The team's statistical leaders included Jim Dawson with 652 passing yards, Pete Pedro with 831 rushing yards, Jerry Richardson with 22 receptions and 282 receiving yards, and Jerry Logan with 13 touchdowns.

2017 Charlotte 49ers football team

The 2017 Charlotte 49ers football team represented the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (also called Charlotte or UNC Charlotte) in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season, the school's fifth season of NCAA football, their third season of NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) play, and their third season as a member of Conference USA's East Division. The team was led by fifth-year head coach Brad Lambert and played its home games on campus at Jerry Richardson Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina. The 49ers finished the season 1–11, 1–7 in C-USA play to finish in last place in the East Division.

2017–18 Wofford Terriers men's basketball team

The 2017–18 Wofford Terriers men's basketball team represented Wofford College during the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Terriers, led by 16th-year head coach Mike Young, played their home games at the newly opened Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium in Spartanburg, South Carolina as members of the Southern Conference. They finished the season 21–13, 11–7 in SoCon play to finish in a tie for fourth place. They defeated Mercer in the quarterfinals of the SoCon Tournament to advance to the semifinals where they lost to UNC Greensboro. They were invited to the CollegeInsider.com Tournament where, after a first round bye, they lost in the second round to Central Michigan.

2018–19 Wofford Terriers men's basketball team

The 2018–19 Wofford Terriers men's basketball team represents Wofford College during the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Terriers, led by 17th-year head coach Mike Young, play their home games at the newly opened Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium in Spartanburg, South Carolina as members of the Southern Conference.

On February 25, 2019, the Terriers entered the AP Poll at No. 24. This was Wofford's first AP Poll appearance in program history.

2019 Charlotte 49ers football team

The 2019 Charlotte 49ers football team will represent the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The 49ers play their home games at Jerry Richardson Stadium in Charlotte, NC, and compete in the East Division of Conference USA (C–USA). They will be led by first-year head coach Will Healy.

Benjamin Johnson Arena

Benjamin Johnson Arena is a 3,500-seat multi-purpose arena in Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States. It was built in 1981 and is currently used as a campus recreation and intramural sports facility for Wofford College. The arena had been home to the Wofford men's basketball, women's basketball, and women's volleyball teams from its opening through the 2016–17 school year, but all three teams moved to the newly built Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium in the fall of 2017. The arena is named after the late Benjamin O. Johnson, former vice president of Spartan Mills and community leader in Spartanburg.

Carolina Panthers

The Carolina Panthers are a professional American football team based in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Panthers compete in the National Football League (NFL), as a member club of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) South division. The team is headquartered in Bank of America Stadium in uptown Charlotte; also the team's home field. They are one of the few NFL teams to own the stadium they play in, which is legally registered as Panthers Stadium, LLC. The Panthers are supported throughout the Carolinas; although the team has played its home games in Charlotte since 1996, it played home games at Memorial Stadium in Clemson, South Carolina during its first season. The team hosts its annual training camp at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The head coach is Ron Rivera.

The Panthers were announced as the league's 29th franchise in 1993, and began play in 1995 under original owner and founder Jerry Richardson. The Panthers played well in their first two years, finishing 7–9 in 1995 (an all-time best for an NFL expansion team's first season) and 12–4 the following year, winning the NFC West before ultimately losing to the eventual Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game. They did not have another winning season until 2003, when they won the NFC Championship Game and reached Super Bowl XXXVIII, losing 32–29 to the New England Patriots. After recording playoff appearances in 2005 and 2008, the team failed to record another playoff appearance until 2013, the first of three consecutive NFC South titles. After losing in the divisional round to the San Francisco 49ers in 2013 and the Seattle Seahawks in 2014, the Panthers returned to the Super Bowl in 2015, but lost to the Denver Broncos. The Panthers have reached the playoffs seven times, advancing to four NFC Championship Games and two Super Bowls. They have won six division titles, one in the NFC West and five in the NFC South.

The Carolina Panthers are legally registered as Panther Football, LLC. and are controlled by David Tepper, whose purchase of the team from founder Jerry Richardson was unanimously approved by league owners on May 22, 2018. The club is worth approximately US$2.3 billion, according to Forbes.

Danny Morrison (sports executive)

Danny Morrison is Professor of Practice in the Department of Sport and Entertainment at the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining the faculty, he was the president of the Carolina Panthers and worked extensively in college sports administration.

Morrison was the athletic director at Wofford College from 1985 to 1997 and a senior vice president until 2001. As a student he played basketball for the Terriers. It was during his time as athletic director that the Panthers began holding training camp there. He served as commissioner of the Southern Conference from 2001 to 2005. From 2005 until September 2009, he was the athletic director of Texas Christian University.He was named president of the Panthers in September 2008, replacing Mark Richardson, son of owner, Jerry Richardson.In the 2015 season, Morrison's Panthers reached Super Bowl 50 on February 7, 2016. The Panthers fell to the Denver Broncos by a score of 24–10.Morrison resigned from his position on February 9, 2017, stating "there are other endeavors, particularly on the college level, that interest me as a final chapter in my career." On January 29, 2019 Morrison was named Executive Director of the Charlotte Sports Foundation effective May 1, 2019. CSF owns

and operates the season-opening Belk College Kickoff and postseason Belk Bowl, in addition to serving as

the local organizing committee for the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship in Charlotte.

Irwin Belk Track and Field Center/Transamerica Field

The Irwin Belk Track and Field Center/Transamerica Field is a stadium located on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Finished in 1996, the stadium is home to the Charlotte 49ers soccer and track and field teams.

The facility includes the Southeast's first eight-lane continuous radius track with full-depth polyurethane surface; and 10,500 square feet of internal space including coaches' offices, locker rooms and a hospitality suite in the North Pavilion. Public restrooms, concessions and the press box are located in the South Pavilion. The Central Pavilion contains the ticket booths, Wall of Champions and Recognition Center.Track events held in the Center include high jump, pole vault, long jump, and triple jump. The 120-by-75-yard (110 by 69 m) natural grass playing surface is the home field for the 49ers men's and women's soccer teams, and also accommodates shot put, discus, javelin and hammer throw events.The facility has hosted several major meets for both Conference USA and the Atlantic 10 Conference. A pro soccer team, the Charlotte Eagles, have also used Transamerica Field for home games.

Originally considered for expansion to host the Charlotte 49ers new football team, estimates of expansion for football usage made by leading sports design firm Populous were prohibitively expensive due to location restrictions and environmental concerns involving the Toby Creek flood plain. Subsequently, the university chose to build a dedicated football stadium west of Hayes Stadium, named Jerry Richardson Stadium.

Title IX scholarship requirements related to the addition of the Charlotte 49ers football program will most likely mean that Belk will soon be home to either a potential 49ers future field hockey team or women's lacrosse team. Facilities upgrades, including the possibility of replacing the grass field with artificial turf, might be needed to handle the added usage.

JW Clay Blvd/UNC Charlotte station

JW Clay Blvd/UNC Charlotte is a light rail station on the LYNX Blue Line in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States. It is located on North Tryon Street at JW Clay Boulevard in University City. The station consists of a single island platform in the street's median, connected to an adjacent parking garage by a pedestrian overpass. The parking garage charges a flat weekday fee for all riders that do not have a one-day, weekly or monthly pass. JW Clay Blvd/UNC Charlotte station is west of the University of North Carolina campus and is near Jerry Richardson Stadium. The station opened on March 16, 2018.

Jerry Richardson (American football)

Jerry Bert Richardson (born November 13, 1941) is a former American football player who played four seasons on the NFL. He played two seasons with the Rams and two with the Atlanta Falcons. He played college football at West Texas A&M University for the West Texas A&M Buffaloes football team. He was drafted by the Rams of the National Football League in the third round of the 1964 NFL Draft, and drafted by the Denver Broncos of the American Football League in the seventh round of the 1964 AFL Draft.

Jerry Richardson (disambiguation)

Jerry Richardson may refer to:

Jerry Richardson (born 1936), former NFL player and the founder and principal owner of the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League

Jerry Richardson (basketball), US basketball player

Jerry Richardson (American football) (born 1941), American football player for the Rams

Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium

Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium is a college basketball arena located in Spartanburg, South Carolina on the campus of Wofford College. It became home of the Wofford Terriers men's and women's basketball teams at the start of the 2017–18 season, replacing Benjamin Johnson Arena. The main basketball arena seats 3,400, and the building also includes a 350-seat volleyball arena.The building opened with a volleyball match between Wofford and Furman on September 20, 2017, and the basketball arena opened on November 10 with a men's game against South Carolina.

Jerry Richardson Stadium

McColl–Richardson Field at Jerry Richardson Stadium is a college football stadium in University City, Charlotte, North Carolina, United States and the home field of the Charlotte 49ers football team representing the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNC Charlotte). The team became a Football Bowl Subdivision member in 2015 and competes in Conference USA.

Proposed by the university's chancellor Phillip Dubois in 2008, the stadium's construction was approved by the school's Board of Trustees, the Board of Governors for the University of North Carolina, and Governor Bev Perdue before officially beginning construction in April 2011. Businessmen Hugh McColl and Jerry Richardson purchased the naming rights to the facility's playing field in 2011, and construction finished in October 2012. The stadium was named for Richardson in 2013 after an additional $10 million donation. The stadium hosted its first major event on August 31, 2013, when the 49ers defeated the Campbell Fighting Camels.

Designed by Jenkins·Peer Architects and the DLR Group, the horseshoe-shaped stadium has a capacity of 15,314 people. Much of the current home side seating area is available with the purchase of a personal seat license. The venue includes various amenities, such as the Judy W. Rose football center, which includes athletic and academic facilities. Located on the UNC Charlotte campus, parking is expected to be limited on game days, although public transportation routes to reach the stadium are currently under construction.

Lady Chieftains

The Lady Chieftains are a girls basketball team from Shiprock, New Mexico, located on the Navajo Nation. They are the subject of the documentary Rocks with Wings. The documentary charts the transformation of the team from a

lackluster team to a championship team led by coach Jerry Richardson.

List of Charlotte 49ers football seasons

The following is a list of seasons completed by the Charlotte 49ers football team.

Records from the team's initial seasons from 1946 to 1948 are incomplete. The 49ers are a member of the FBS's Conference USA since 2015 when they moved up a subdivision after two years as a Division I FCS independent. The team plays their home games in 15,314-seat Jerry Richardson Stadium.

Mark Richardson (American football)

Mark Richardson is an American businessman and co-owner of the Carolina Panthers along with his brother, Jon. Richardson was educated at The Hill School, graduating in 1979. He graduated from Clemson University in 1983 with a degree in business administration. In 1987, he received an MBA from the University of Virginia. He is the son of Jerry Richardson

Richardson owns more than 50 Bojangles' Famous Chicken 'n Biscuits restaurants. In 2013, he was named a lifetime trustee of Clemson University.

Wofford Terriers

Wofford College sponsors 18 sports for men's and women's programs, competing as the Terriers. The Terriers compete in the Southern Conference, and have been a part of the league since the 1997–98 academic year. Wofford and the other SoCon members play football in the Football Championship Subdivision. Prior to the 1995–96 year, the Terriers played in Division II in all sports, and until the 1988–89 period, Wofford's athletic teams were members of the NAIA. The football team plays in Gibbs Stadium. The basketball teams moved to the new Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium for the 2017–18 season.The Wofford campus is also the site of the training camp of the NFL's Carolina Panthers, whose former owner, Jerry Richardson, is a Wofford alumnus.

Wofford Terriers men's basketball

The Wofford Terriers men's basketball team represents Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States, in Division I of the NCAA. The school's team competes in the Southern Conference. The Terriers head coaching position is currently vacant after the departure of Mike Young following the 2018–19 season to take the same position at Virginia Tech. Wofford plays its home games at Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium, opened for the 2017–18 season as the replacement for Benjamin Johnson Arena.

In 2010, Wofford won the Southern Conference and made its first trip to the NCAA championship, a feat which they repeated in 2011, 2014 and 2015. In 2019, Wofford was nationally ranked for the first time in Division I, peaking at 20th in March.

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