February 26, 2024

Former NFL Star Golden Richards Dead at 73

Golden Richards, a revered figure in the NFL world, known for his iconic catch in Super Bowl XII as a wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, passed away at the age of 73, his family confirmed on Friday.

Reports from KSL Sports revealed that Richards succumbed to congestive heart failure at his residence in Murray, Utah, as announced by his nephew Lance Richards through a heartfelt Facebook post.

In Lance's touching tribute, he fondly recalled moments shared with his uncle, reminiscing about hunting trips and passionate discussions about Dallas Cowboy football. Lance expressed relief that his uncle was now at peace, free from suffering.

Richards' football journey began when he was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round of the 1973 NFL Draft after showcasing his talent at Brigham Young University (BYU).

Making his NFL debut in 1974, he quickly rose to prominence, earning a starting position in his sophomore season.

Over the course of five seasons with the Cowboys, Richards played a pivotal role before a shift in the 1978 season saw him traded to the Chicago Bears, where he continued his NFL career for two seasons.

In a career marked by highs and lows, Richards found himself with the Denver Broncos in 1980.

His time with the team was short-lived due to a season-ending injury, prompting his retirement from professional football.

Despite his varied NFL journey, Richards is best remembered for his defining moment in Super Bowl XII. His remarkable 29-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Robert Newhouse sealed the Cowboys' victory over the Denver Broncos, etching his name in NFL history.

Richards' legacy extends beyond the gridiron, as he leaves behind cherished memories and a lasting impact on the sport.

His contributions to the game and his unforgettable Super Bowl performance ensure that he will forever be remembered as a legendary figure in the NFL community.

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