Mike Richardson (American football, born 1961)

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Mike Richardson
No. 27
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1961-05-23) May 23, 1961 (age 57)
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
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Super Bowl XX Champion
Career NFL statistics
INT: 20
Tackles: 274
Touchdowns: 1
Player stats at NFL.com

Michael Calvin "Mike" 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 21st 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.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Slow, long fall for football star 'L.A. Mike' Richardson". Orange County Register. April 8, 2008. Retrieved 5 January 2016.