Richard Sligh

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Richard Sligh
Date of birth (1944-08-18)August 18, 1944
Place of birth Newberry, South Carolina
Date of death December 23, 2008(2008-12-23) (aged 64)
Place of death Roxboro, North Carolina
Career information
Position(s) Defensive Tackle
Uniform number 75
Height 7 ft 0 in (213 cm)
College North Carolina Central University
Common draft 1967 / Round: 10 / Pick: 253
Career history
As player
1967 Oakland Raiders (AFL)
Career highlights and awards
Career stats
Games played 8

Richard Ellis Sligh (August 18, 1944 – December 23, 2008) was an American collegiate and professional American football player who played for the American Football League's Oakland Raiders.

Football career[edit]

Sligh graduated from Newberry High School in Newberry, South Carolina and played college football at North Carolina Central University, where he was on the Dean's List, for high academic achievement, as well as having a Biology Major and Chemistry Minor from 1962 to 1966.[1]

He was chosen in the 10th round of the 1967 NFL/AFL Draft as a defensive tackle.[2][3]

During his time in the league he played in a total of eight games. Sligh was a reserve for the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl II, when the Raiders fell to the Green Bay Packers.[1][4] In 1968, he was chosen by the expansion Cincinnati Bengals in the AFL Allocation Draft, but he was waived prior to the regular season.[5]


At 7 feet tall, Sligh is the tallest player in professional football history.[6] The next tallest are Morris Stroud and Dan Skipper at 6-10 and Ed "Too Tall" Jones at 6-9.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "North Carolina Central University | Bio from NCCU's centennial celebration". Retrieved 2015-06-03. 
  2. ^ "1967 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved 2015-06-03. 
  3. ^ "History: Pro Football Draft History - The 1960s". Retrieved 2015-06-03. 
  4. ^ "Richard Sligh, DT at". Retrieved 2015-06-03. 
  5. ^ "Draft 68". Retrieved 2015-06-03. 
  6. ^ Conner, F. (2000). Football's Most Wanted™: The Top 10 Book of the Great Game's Outrageous Characters, Fortunate Fumbles, and Other Oddities. Potomac Books Incorporated. p. 129. ISBN 9781574883091. Retrieved 2015-06-03. 
  7. ^ "Yahoo". Retrieved 2015-06-03.