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June 13, 2007

Jerry Richardson honored

Panthers owner Jerry Richardson recently was presented the Theodore Roosevelt Meritorious Achievement Award by the United States Sports Academy. Here are the highlights of the press release sent out by the academy:

DAPHNE, Ala. – The man who left the Carolinas to experience NFL football, then brought NFL football to the Carolinas, was honored by the United States Sports Academy with the Theodore Roosevelt Meritorious Achievement Award during a private presentation in Charlotte.

The 2007 Roosevelt award went to Jerry Richardson, owner of the Carolina Panthers and the first former player since George Halas to own an NFL team. A native of Fayetteville, N.C., Richardson played for the Baltimore Colts from 1959-’60, catching the winning touchdown pass thrown by Johnny Unitas in the 1959 NFL Championship Game.

Richardson, a 13th-round NFL draft pick out of Wofford College, used his $3,500 playoff check to start Spartan Foods, which manages Hardee’s, Quincy’s Steakhouse and Denny’s franchises in the Carolinas. Shares of his company began trading on the New York Stock Exchange in 1976. Richardson accumulated earnings from his restaurant company with a goal of purchasing an NFL franchise.

He officially began lobbying for an NFL team in Carolina in 1988 and was approved for ownership of an expansion team in Charlotte, N.C. in 1993.

After the Panthers qualified for the NFC Championship in 1996 (which they lost to Green Bay) Richardson promised his fans a Super Bowl team within 10 years. The Panthers delivered on Richardson’s promise by winning the NFC title in 2003 and appearing in Super Bowl XXXVIII, making Carolina the youngest franchise to appear in a Super Bowl since the 1971 Miami Dolphins.

After graduating from Fayetteville High School in the spring of 1954, Jerry accepted a $250.00 athletic scholarship to Wofford College in Spartanburg. Richardson went on to receive All-American honors from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

While Richardson keeps his charitable and civic efforts in the background, he has been honored with the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civic recognition the State of South Carolina can bestow.

The Theodore Roosevelt Meritorious Achievement Award is presented to an athlete in any amateur or professional sport, past or present, who has excelled not only on the playing field, but also as a contributor to both sport and society over at least a quarter of a century.

The Roosevelt Award has been given annually by the Academy since 1989 as part of the Academy’s Awards of Sport Medallion Series, which pays "Tribute to the Artist and the Athlete." Past recipients include President Ronald Reagan, former congressmen Jack Kemp, former Senator Bob Dole, Sen. John McCain and Minnesota State Supreme Court Chief Justice Alan Page. For a complete list of recipients, please visit www.asama.org.

Posted by Observer Sports on June 13, 2007 at 08:07 PM | Permalink


nice story, nice enough for me to remember seeing it elsewhere. how often do you copy and paste news and add little bits and pieces? nice one.....


Posted by: earl | Jun 14, 2007 9:27:07 AM

Hey Earl, you might note that that was a PRESS RELEASE...that means Yasinkas didn't write it. Unless, of course, he's recently been hired by the United States Sports Academy...dumbass.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jun 14, 2007 12:07:28 PM

Seriously Earl it says highlights of the press release sent out by the academy, in the article. Maybe read the entire entry before you criticize someone next time.

Posted by: Chris Williams | Jun 14, 2007 3:36:50 PM

Alexa if that's who you are? I have checked with the California court system like you requested , and found nothing on you or Mr. Richardson. You say that you are going to press charges agents the blogers here for harassment and insulting you when it is you that is harassing and insulting us. We are all (well most of us) PANTHER fans and would like to discuss the PANTHERS. Please stop filling up these bolg pages with your past indifferences and live us people who've never even met jerry Richardson alone.If you want to blog about the panthers lets hear what you have to say if you want to blog about Jerry Richardson then SSSSHHHHHHH....

Posted by: J Maines | Jun 16, 2007 1:33:40 PM

Amen, JM. Girl is not only crazy, but she can't even make the bite match the bark.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Jun 16, 2007 5:15:49 PM

Hey does anyone know what Jerry Richardson's address is because im a die-hard panthers fan and i'm wanting to know if he could get this card autographed for me

Posted by: tyler ayers | Mar 2, 2008 12:43:42 AM

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