Mike Richardson (American football, born 1961)

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Mike Richardson
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1961-05-23) May 23, 1961 (age 53)
Place of birth: Compton, California
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Weight: 187 lb (85 kg)
Career information
High school: Compton (CA)
College: Arizona State
NFL Draft: 1983 / Round: 2 / Pick: 33
Debuted in 1983
Last played in 1989
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
INT 20
Interceptions 274
Touchdowns 1
Stats at NFL.com

Michael Calvin Richardson (born May 23, 1961) is a former American college and professional football player who was a cornerback in the National Football League (NFL) for seven seasons during the 1980s. He played college football for Arizona State University, and was recognized as an All-American. He played professionally for the NFL's Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers, and won a Super Bowl as a member of the 1985 Chicago Bears.

Richardson finished his 7 season career with 20 interceptions, which he returned for 247 yards and a touchdown. He also recorded 4 fumble recoveries. Known as "L.A. Mike", he was a featured soloist of the "Shuffling Crew" in the Super Bowl Shuffle video in 1985.

In 2008 Richardson faced a 13-year sentence for possession of methamphetamine and crack cocaine. It was his twenty first drug conviction since the end of his football career.[1] Former teammate Richard Dent and coach Mike Ditka both supported Richardson being sent to a rehab facility rather than prison. The judge ultimately sentenced Richardson to a year in prison and an extended probation period, violation of which would result in Richardson serving the remainder of a 13-year sentence.[2]