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All-Pro Colts receiver Willie Richardson dies at 76


Willie Richardson, a star receiver for the Colts in the 1960s and a member of one of the most athletic families in the history of football, has died at the age of 76.

After an All-American career at Jackson State, Richardson was drafted by both the Baltimore Colts of the NFL and the New York Jets of the AFL in 1963. He signed with the Colts and became a first-team All-Pro in 1967, when he was third in the league with 63 catches and added 860 receiving yards and eight touchdowns.

Richardson had five brothers who played at Jackson State, and three of them played in the NFL: Gloster Richardson played for the Chiefs, Cowboys and Browns, Tom Richardson played for the Patriots and Ernie Richardson played for the Browns.

In Super Bowl III, Richardson was the Colts’ leading receiver, catching six passes for 58 yards in a loss to the Jets.

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6 Responses to “All-Pro Colts receiver Willie Richardson dies at 76”
  1. mrmidevil says: Feb 12, 2016 7:30 PM

    how long before they say concussions were involved?

    In all seriousness…..prayers to his family

  2. 4ever19 says: Feb 12, 2016 7:32 PM

    RIP, no. 87. One of my favorite Colts all time.

  3. qdog112 says: Feb 12, 2016 7:40 PM

    Rest in Peace.

  4. leftypointspread says: Feb 12, 2016 9:16 PM

    He was one of the only players getting much done for the Colts in that game, as I recall.
    RIP sir.

  5. duanethomas33 says: Feb 13, 2016 7:44 AM

    One of the pioneers coming out of HBCU to the NFL and one the reason Walter Payton went to his alma mater Jackson State University.


  6. grogansheroes says: Feb 13, 2016 9:33 AM


    I did not know him, but back in high school, his brother was the head coach at my school. Tough, no nonsense guy.

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