Richie Lucas

Richard John "Riverboat Richie" Lucas (born April 15, 1938) is a former American football quarterback. He played college football at Pennsylvania State University from 1957 to 1959 and professionally in the American Football League (AFL) with the Buffalo Bills from 1960 to 1961 and the Denver Broncos in 1962.

Lucas was born in Glassport, Pennsylvania. He is of Russian descent. Nicknamed "Riverboat Richie" due to his gambling instincts when calling plays,[1] Lucas won the Maxwell Award and was runner-up to LSU's Billy Cannon for the Heisman Trophy in 1959.

Lucas was a first round pick in both the 1960 NFL draft and the 1960 American Football League draft. Lucas signed with the Buffalo Bills of the newly-formed AFL, making him officially the franchise's first player. There he played quarterback, halfback, defensive back and kick returner for two seasons. He was obtained by the AFL's Denver Broncos following the 1962 equalization draft, but never played for the Broncos.

Lucas returned to Penn State following his pro football career, serving as assistant athletic director until 1998. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1986.

Richie Lucas
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Personal information
Born:April 15, 1938 (age 81)
Glassport, Pennsylvania
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
College:Penn State
NFL Draft:1960 / Round: 1 / Pick: 4
AFL draft:1960 / Round: 1 / Pick: territorial
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

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1959 College Football All-America Team

The 1959 College Football All-America team is composed of college football players who were selected as All-Americans by various organizations and writers that chose College Football All-America Teams in 1959. The six selectors recognized by the NCAA as "official" for the 1959 season are (1) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), (2) the Associated Press (AP), (3) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), (4) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), (5) The Sporting News (TSN), and (6) the United Press International (UPI).

Billy Cannon of LSU, Charlie Flowers of Ole Miss, Dan Lanphear of Wisconsin, and Roger Davis of Syracuse were the only four players to be unanimously named first-team All-Americans by all six official selectors. Cannon won the 1959 Heisman Trophy.

1960 American Football League draft

The 1960 American Football League draft was held on November 22–23, 1959, in Minneapolis, shortly after the organization of the league, and lasted 33 rounds. An additional draft of 20 rounds was held by the AFL on December 2.

1960 Buffalo Bills season

The 1960 Buffalo Bills season was the team's first season in the American Football League (AFL). Home games were played at War Memorial Stadium in Buffalo, New York. Head Coach Buster Ramsey's Bills compiled a 5–8–1 record, placing them third in the AFL Eastern Division.

Unlike most of the offensive-minded AFL, the Bills focused on defense, allowing the third-fewest points in the league (303). Their defensive line boasted Laverne Torczon and Chuck McMurtry (both of whom were 1st Team All-AFL in 1960), as well as a mobile, hard-hitting middle linebacker in Archie Matsos, who was AFL All-Star in each of the three seasons he spent in Buffalo. The Bills' defense led the league in fewest passing yards allowed (2,130) and most passes intercepted (33), with NFL veterans Richie McCabe and Jim Wagstaff in their secondary.The Bills' offense, however, was not as competent. The 1960 Bills had the worst passing attack in the AFL, throwing for 2,346 yards. Former Cleveland Browns quarterback Tommy O'Connell started the season 1–3 before being replaced by Johnny Green. Green would go 3–3 as a starter, despite only completing 39% of his passes.Richie Lucas, the Bills' first ever draft pick, was a bust, both at quarterback and at halfback, throwing only 49 passes all season.The Bills did show glimmers of hope on offense, however, by showcasing running back Wray Carlton and flanker Elbert "Golden Wheels" Dubenion, who would later go on to be AFL All-Stars for the Bills in the mid-1960s.

1960 NFL Draft

The 1960 National Football League Draft in which NFL teams take turns selecting amateur college American football players and other first-time eligible players, was held at the Warwick Hotel in Philadelphia on November 30, 1959. Many players, including half of those drafted in the first round, signed with teams in the newly created American Football League, including the first overall pick and Heisman Trophy winner Billy Cannon. At the time of the draft, the Cardinals were still the Chicago Cardinals; they moved to St. Louis in March 1960. The Dallas Cowboys were enfranchised in January 1960 after the draft.

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Lucas (surname)

Lucas is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

A. P. Lucas (1857–1923), English cricketer

Anthony Francis Lucas (1855–1921), Croatian-born oil-field engineer

Antoinette Lucas (born 1968), American field hockey player

Arthur Lucas, one of the last two people to be executed in Canada

Arthur Lucas (academic), 18th Principal of King's College London

Arthur Henry Shakespeare Lucas (1853-1936), English-born Australian schoolmaster and scientist

Baron Lucas, aristocratic family name - see below

Benjamin Lucas, Anglo-Irish soldier of the 17th century

Buddy Lucas (swimmer), New Zealand swimmer

Buddy Lucas (musician), US musician

Caroline Lucas (born 1960), British politician

Charles Lucas (1613–1648), English soldier

Charles Lucas (musician) (1808–1869), British cellist

Charles Lucas (politician) (1713–1771), Irish politician and physician

Charles Lucas (architect) (1838–1905), French architect

Charles Davis Lucas (1834–1914), Anglo-Irish soldier, Victoria Cross recipient

Charlotte Lucas (born 1976), British actress

Clarence Lucas (1866–1947), Canadian composer

Colin Lucas (born 1940), British historian

Craig Lucas (born 1951), American playwright

David Lucas (born 1937), American music producer and jingle writer

David Lucas, pseudonym of Steven Blum (born 1965), American voice actor

Dick Lucas (minister) (born 1925), British evangelical speaker

Dick Lucas (singer), British vocalist

E. V. Lucas (1868–1938), British writer

Édouard Lucas (1842–1891), French mathematician who studied Lucas numbers and the closely related Fibonacci numbers (both of which are examples of a Lucas sequence)

Edward Lucas, one of several people including:

Edward Lucas (journalist), British journalist

Eliza Lucas (c.1722–1793), Antiguan-born plantation manager

Francis Lucas, various including:

Francis Lucas (c.1741–1770), naval officer and merchant trader born in Clontibret, Ireland

Francis Lucas (Irish politician) (1669–1746), Member of Parliament for Monaghan Borough 1713–1746 and Monaghan County

Francis Lucas (English politician) (1850–1918), British company director and Conservative Member of Parliament for Lowestoft 1900–1906

Frank E. Lucas (1876–1948), American politician

Frank Lucas (1894–1967), English literary critic

Frank Lucas (drug lord) (born 1930), American drug dealer

Frank Lucas (Oklahoma politician) (born 1960), American politician

Frederick Lucas (1812-1855), British journalist

Frederick Ross Lucas (Buddy Lucas, 1931–2002), New Zealand swimmer

Fred Lucas (Frederick Warrington Lucas, 1903–1987), American Major League Baseball player

Sir Frederick Cook, 2nd Baronet (Frederick Lucas Cook, 1844–1920), British politician

Frederic Augustus Lucas (1852–1929), American anatomist and museum director

Gary Lucas, American musician

Gary Lucas (baseball player) (born 1954), American baseball player

Geoffry Lucas (1872–1947), English architect (often mis-spelt Geoffrey)

George Lucas (born 1944), American film maker

George W. Lucas (1845–1921), American soldier, Medal of Honor recipient

Helen Lucas (born 1931), Canadian artist

Henry Lucas (politician) (c.1610-1663), British politician and benefactor

Henry Lee Lucas (1936–2001), American convicted murderer

Hippolyte Lucas (1814-1899), French entomologist

Hippolyte-Julien-Joseph Lucas (1807-1878), French writer and critic

Ian Lucas (born 1960), British politician

Isaac Benson Lucas (1867–1940), Canadian politician

Isabel Lucas (born 1985), Australian actress

Isabelle Lucas (1927–1997), British actress and singer

James Lucas, multiple people

Jean Jacques Étienne Lucas (1764–1819), French naval officer

Jean Lucas (1917–2003), French racing driver

Jeanne Hopkins Lucas (c.1936–2007), American politician

Jerry Lucas (born 1940), American basketball player

Jett Lucas (born 1993), American actor, son of George Lucas

Jim G. Lucas (1914–1970), American journalist

John Lucas, one of several people including:

John Lucas (comics), American comic book artist

John Lucas (philosopher) (born 1929), British philosopher

Sir John Lucas (1606-1671) 1st Lord Lucas of Shenfield, brother of Charles Lucas

John Lucas (VC) (1827-1892), Irish soldier, recipient of the Victoria Cross after action in New Zealand

John Lucas II (born 1953), American basketball player, NBA

John Lucas III (born 1982), American basketball player, son of John Lucas II

John Meredyth Lucas (1919–2002), American screenwriter and director

John P. Lucas (1890–1949), American general in World War II

John Seymour Lucas (1849–1923), British artist

Joseph Lucas (1834-1902), founder of the British automotive electrical components manufacturer - Lucas Automotive, LucasVarity

Josh Lucas (born 1971), American actor

Ken Lucas (born 1933), American politician

Malcolm M. Lucas (1927–2016), American judge

Marquis Lucas (born 1993), American football player

Martha Lucas Pate (1912–1913), American college administrator

Matt Lucas (born 1974), British comedian

Maurice Lucas (1952–2010), American basketball player

Michael Lucas, one of several people including:

Michael Lucas (director) (born 1972), Russian-Israeli-American pornographic film actor, director, and LGBT activist

Michael Lucas (political activist) (born 1926), Canadian artist, designer, and political activist

Michael William George Lucas (1926–2001), British politician, 2nd Lord Lucas of Chilworth

Nathaniel Lucas (1764–1818), English convict transported to Australia

Netley Lucas (c. 1903–1940), English confidence trickster

Nick Lucas (1897–1982), American jazz guitarist and singer

Peter Lucas (footballer) (born 1929), Australian rules footballer

Ray Lucas (born 1972), American football player

Ray Lucas (baseball) (1908–1969), American baseball pitcher and manager

Reggie Lucas (1953–2018), American guitarist, songwriter, and producer

Richard Lucas, one of several people including:

Richard Lucas (clergyman) (c. 1640–1715), Welsh clergyman

Richard Lucas (politician) (1837–1916), Tasmanian politician

Richard Lucas (rower) (1886–1968), British rower

Richie Lucas (born 1938), American footballer

Richard Cockle Lucas (1800–1883), English sculptor

Robert Lucas, one of several people including:

Robert Lucas (governor) (1781–1853), American politician

Robert Lucas Jr. (born 1937), American economist (Lucas critique)

Sam Lucas (1848–1916), American actor and minstrel performer

Samuel Lucas (1811–1865), British abolitionist and newspaper editor

Samuel Lucas (1805-1870), 'Senior" - British brewer and painter

Sarah Lucas (born 1962), British artist

Scott Lucas, one of several people including:

Scott W. Lucas (1892–1968), U.S. Senator and Senate Majority Leader from Illinois

Scott Lucas (footballer) (born 1977), Australian footballer

Scott Lucas (musician), founding member of Local H

Shannon Lucas, American extreme metal drummer

Spencer G. Lucas, American paleontologist

St. John Lucas (1879–1934), English poet and anthologist

Steve Lucas, commander of Canadian Forces Air Command

Thomas Lucas (royalist) (d. 1649), English Cavalier, brother of and John and Charles

Thomas Lucas (c. 1720-1784), English MP and West Indies merchant

Thomas Geoffry Lucas (1872–1947), English architect

Thomas Pennington Lucas (1843-1917), Scottish-born Australian medical practitioner

Tommy Lucas (1895-1953), English footballer

Trevor Lucas, Australian folk-rock musician

Victor Lucas (television producer), Canadian writer and TV show director

Vinka Lucas, New Zealand fashion and bridalwear designer

Vrain Denis-Lucas, French forger

Werner Lucas, German pilot

Wilfred Lucas, Canadian film actor and director

William John Lucas, English teacher and entomologistLucas as an aristocratic family name, Baron Lucas of Crudwell, may refer to:

Mary Grey, Countess of Kent, 1st Baroness Lucas of Crudwell (died 1702)

Henry Grey, 1st Duke of Kent, 2nd Baron Lucas of Crudwell (1671–1740)

Anthony Grey, Earl of Harold, 3rd Baron Lucas of Crudwell (1695–1723)

Jemima Yorke, 2nd Marchioness Grey, 4th Baroness Lucas of Crudwell (1722–1797)

Thomas de Grey, 2nd Earl de Grey, 6th Baron Lucas of Crudwell (1781–1859)

Anne Florence Cowper, 7th Baroness Lucas of Crudwell (1806–1880)

Francis Cowper, 7th Earl Cowper, 8th Baron Lucas of Crudwell (1834–1905)

Auberon Herbert, 9th Baron Lucas of Crudwell (1876–1916)

Nan Ino Cooper, 10th Baron Lucas of Crudwell (1880–1958)

Anne Rosemary Palmer, 11th baroness of Crudwell (1919–1991)

Ralph Palmer, 12th Baron Lucas of Crudwell (born 1951)

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Maxwell Award

The Maxwell Award is presented annually to the college football player judged by a panel of sportscasters, sportswriters, and National Collegiate Athletic Association head coaches and the membership of the Maxwell Football Club to be the best all-around in the United States. The award is named after Robert "Tiny" Maxwell, a Swarthmore College football player, coach and sportswriter. Johnny Lattner (1952, 1953) and Tim Tebow (2007, 2008) are the only players to have won the award twice. It is the college equivalent of the Bert Bell Award of the National Football League, also given out by the Maxwell Club.

Richard Lucas

Richard Lucas may refer to:

Richard Lucas (priest) (1648/9–1715), Welsh Church of England priest and canon

Richard Cockle Lucas (1800–1883), English sculptor

Richard Lucas (politician) (1837–1916), member of the Tasmanian House of Assembly

Richard Lucas (rower) (1886–1968), British rower

Dick N. Lucas (1920–1997), American film animator

Dick Lucas (minister) (born 1925), British evangelical speaker

Dick Lucas (American football) (born 1934), former American football player

Richie Lucas (born 1938), American footballer

Dick Lucas (footballer) (born 1948), former association footballer

Dick Lucas (singer) (born 1961), British vocalist

Dick Lucas, fictional character from Are You Being Served?


Richie or Richy is a masculine given name or short form (hypocorism) of Richard. It is also a surname.

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He was the quarterback of the national championship winning 1958 LSU Tigers football team. He was named to the 1958 All-SEC football team by the Associated Press.

Richie Lucas—awards and honors

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