July 18, 1942 |
|Height:||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight:||200 lb (91 kg)|
|High school:||Greenville (MS) Coleman|
|AFL draft:||1965 / Round: 7 / Pick: 50
(by the Kansas City Chiefs)
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at PFR|
Gloster Van Richardson (born July 18, 1942) is a former professional American football wide receiver in the American Football League for the Kansas City Chiefs, and in the National Football League for the Chiefs, Dallas Cowboys, and Cleveland Browns. He played college football at Jackson State College.
Kansas City Chiefs
Richardson was selected in the seventh round (50th overall) of the 1965 AFL draft by the Kansas City Chiefs. He spent two years on the taxi squad, before making the team in 1967. His most productive season was 1968, where he made 22 receptions for 494 yards, 5 touchdowns and a 22.5-yard average per reception.
In 1971, Richardson was used mainly a reserve player behind Bob Hayes and Lance Alworth, registering 4 starts, 8 receptions for 170 yards, 3 touchdowns and a 21.3-yard average per reception. The Cowboys won Super Bowl VI that season.
In the 1972 preseason, Richardson became expendable with the play shown by rookie wide receivers Cliff Branch and Mike Siani. On September 11, 1972, he was traded to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a fourth round draft choice (#93-Morris Bradshaw).
During his three seasons with the Cleveland Browns, he was mainly used as a reserve player, making a total of 22 receptions for 448 yards and 3 touchdowns. On February 10, 1975, he announced his retirement.
Besides him, five of his brothers played football at Jackson State College. Willie Richardson became a NFL All-Pro wide receiver for the Baltimore Colts, Tom Richardson played for the Boston Patriots and Ernie Richardson for the Cleveland Browns.
- "1965 AFL Draft". Archived from the original on February 25, 2017. Retrieved March 23, 2017.
- "Chiefs, Dallas swing deal". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Associated Press. April 19, 1971. p. 30.
- "Pokes trade receiver". Beaver County Times. Pennsylvania. UPI. August 1, 1972. p. C1.
- "Leypoldt Clears Waivers". Retrieved February 19, 2016.
- "Browns trade for Richardson". Toledo Blade. Ohio. Associated Press. September 12, 1972. p. 35.
- "Sports In Brief". Retrieved February 19, 2016.