|Position:||Tackle / Guard|
|Date of birth:||August 7, 1959|
|Place of birth:||St. Louis, Missouri|
|Height:||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Weight:||268 lb (122 kg)|
|High school:||Southwest (St. Louis, MO)|
|NFL draft:||1981 / Round: 1 / Pick: 26|
|Career highlights and awards|
Career NFL statistics
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Howard Glenn Richards, Jr. (born August 7, 1959 in St. Louis, Missouri) is a former American football offensive tackle in the National Football League. Richards was selected in the first round by the Dallas Cowboys out of the University of Missouri in the 1981 NFL Draft, 26th overall.
Richards attended Southwest High School (St. Louis, MO). He started 4 games as a true freshman at the University of Missouri, the beginning of 40 consecutive games starts at right tackle, under coaches Al Onofrio (1977) and Warren Powers (1978-80).
He was a standout offensive tackle, All-Big Eight as a junior and senior. In his last year in 1980, he was named offensive co-captain and received second team All-American honors. He played in the Senior Bowl and Hula Bowl.
Richards was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the first round of the 1981 NFL Draft. This was only the third time (John Niland and Robert Shaw) the Cowboys used a first round pick on an offensive lineman.
In his second season he was the starter at left guard, but returned to a reserve role the next year.
In 1984 he had a chance to replace the retiring Pat Donovan at left tackle, but was beaten out by Phil Pozderac. He eventually started 4 games at left tackle, before missing the last 4 games of the season due to a thigh injury.
Richards had 3 solid seasons, before injuries caused him to miss 35 games over the next 4 years. In 1985 he started the season on the physically unable to perform list and was activated until October 24. He was the recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award.
He was waived on June 18, 1987, after the franchise first losing season in 22 years. Although he was a part of two NFC East division championships and two consecutive NFC championship game appearances, his career was a disappointment, marred by injuries and struggles to regain his top form.
In 1987, after the players went on a strike on the third week of the season, those games were canceled (reducing the 16 game season to 15) and the NFL decided that the games would be played with replacement players. Richards was signed on October 7 to be a part of the Seattle Seahawks replacement team, that was given the mock name "Seattle Sea-scabs" by the media. He played in 2 games, before suffering a knee injury against the Detroit Lions and being placed on the injured reserve list on October 20. He retired at the end of the season.
He served for 13 years at the Central Intelligence Agency. Richards currently serves as the football color analyst for the University of Missouri Tigers on Learfield Sports' Tiger Radio Network. Additionally, he is the Executive Director of Institutional Security and Development at Harris-Stowe State University, an HBCU, in St. Louis, MO.