Rich Wingo

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Rich Wingo
Member of the Alabama House of Representatives
from the 62nd district
Assumed office
January 13, 2015
Preceded byJohn Merrill
Personal details
Richard Allen Wingo

(1956-07-16) July 16, 1956 (age 63)
Elkhart, Indiana, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Cheri Glasscock
ResidenceTuscaloosa, Alabama
Alma materUniversity of Alabama

Football career
No. 50
Personal information
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school:Elkhart (IN)
NFL Draft:1979 / Round: 7 / Pick: 184
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at

Richard Allen Wingo (born July 16, 1956) is an American Republican politician and a former American football linebacker in the National Football League. He played five seasons for the Green Bay Packers from 1979 to 1984. He was drafted by the Packers in the seventh round of the 1979 NFL Draft out of the University of Alabama.

He was a part of one of the most famous plays in college football history, "The Goal Line Stand" in Alabama's Sugar Bowl victory over Penn State in 1979.[1] He played for college coach Paul "Bear" Bryant. From Pee Wee football through high school, he led every team he played for in tackles.[citation needed]

Wingo is the only player in Packers history to have a scoring total of 1 point. On September 6, 1981, against the Chicago Bears, he caught a pass in the end zone for a successful point-after-touchdown after a botched place-kick attempt. (At the time, either a successful place-kick or advancing the ball into the end zone both counted for one point.)

Wingo served as strength coach at Alabama under former head coach Mike DuBose.[2]

He lives in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and has two sons: Jake and Luke.

In 2014 Wingo ran for a seat in the Alabama House of Representatives, winning the general election in November.[3] He was sworn into office in 2015.[4]


  1. ^ Casagrande, Michael (June 4, 2014). "Rich Wingo helped famous Tide goal-line stand, now elected to Alabama legislature". Retrieved December 27, 2018.
  2. ^ Fortuna, Matt (December 27, 2018). "Before landing at Clemson, Dabo Swinney sought an assistant coaching job at Notre Dame". The Athletic. Retrieved December 27, 2018.
  3. ^ Goodbread, Chase (June 4, 2014). "Former Packers LB Rich Wingo wins Alabama House election". Retrieved March 8, 2015.
  4. ^ "Rich Wingo". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved March 8, 2015.