Panthers founder Jerry Richardson dies

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2013, file photo, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson speaks...
FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2013, file photo, Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson speaks during a news conference for the NFL football team in Charlotte, N.C. People familiar with the situation say hedge fund manager David Tepper has agreed to buy the Panthers from Richardson for a record $2.2 billion. The people spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, on condition of anonymity because the team has not yet announced the sale. The purchase is subject to a vote at the NFL owners meeting next week in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)(Chuck Burton | AP)
Published: Mar. 2, 2023 at 2:08 PM EST
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GREENVILLE, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - The Carolina Panthers announced the death of founder and former owner Jerry Richardson on Thursday.

Richardson was 86 years old.

Richardson attended Wofford College in the 1950s, where he was a successful receiver for their football team. Richardson was an Associated Press Little All-America selection multiple times and still holds Wofford’s single-game record of 241 receiving yards, which he set against Newberry in 1956. Wofford College President Nayef Samhat released the following statement on Richardson’s passing.

Mr. Richardson’s impact on Wofford College is immeasurable. I know of no one more generous with his time, wisdom and resources. While his gifts to the college and other organizations throughout the Carolinas are legendary, I will forever remember him for his quiet generosity and the gifts that didn’t capture headlines. So many have him to thank for kindnesses large and small. Our community sends condolences to Mrs. Richardson and his family. We will miss him greatly.

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