Jerry Richardson, a 1959 Wofford College graduate, and arguably the college’s most visible alumnus, has enjoyed a fifty-seven year relationship with his alma mater. He was a campus leader and earned All-America football honors while playing for the Terriers. Richardson is in his third term as a member of the Wofford Board of Trustees (2006 – present), having also served from 1978-90 and from 1992-2004. He also was co-chair of a successful $106 million fund-raising campaign that ended in December 2008. He has been recognized with the Alumni Distinguished Service Award and the honorary degree of Doctor of Humanities from Wofford. In recognition of his brilliant football career at Wofford, Richardson’s jersey number “51” is being officially retired by the college in 2011. For two seasons after graduation, Richardson played for the Baltimore Colts, catching a touchdown pass from the legendary Johnny Unitas in the 1959 NFL championship game. He then enjoyed a brilliant 34-year career in the food service business before devoting his full attention to attracting a franchise of the National Football League to the Carolinas. The Carolina Panthers of the NFL were the 29th franchise in league history, added in 1993 by unanimous vote of the owners, and Richardson today serves as the Owner/Founder of the Panthers. Holding its pre-season summer training camps on the Wofford campus, the Charlotte-based franchise is considered one of the classiest in the NFL. The team record includes an NFC championship in 2003 and a series of playoff appearances. Richardson and his wife, Rosalind, live in Charlotte, NC. They are the parents of three adult children, Jon, Mark and Ashley.
Read more about Mr. Richardson on the Carolina Panthers website.