|Full name||Ted Richards|
|Date of birth||11 January 1983|
|Original team(s)||Sandringham Dragons (TAC Cup)|
|Draft||No. 27, 2000 national draft|
|Height / weight||193 cm / 92 kg|
1 Playing statistics correct to the end of 2016.
|Sources: AFL Tables, AustralianFootball.com|
Richards was recruited from Xavier College, with the 27th pick in the 2000 national draft. He made his senior debut in round 2, 2002 against Richmond and went on to play 33 games, before being traded to the Sydney Swans at the end of the 2005 season.
In round 6, 2005, he opposed Jonathan Brown, who was returning from a five-match suspension from the 2004 AFL Grand Final, Richards had eight goals kicked against him, and was dropped for the following round. It was his limited opportunities at the club which ultimately led to him being traded.
He was traded to Sydney Swans in exchange for pick 19 and 50 and made his debut for them in the first round of 2006, against his old club, Essendon. In the second quarter, coach Paul Roos assigned him onto Matthew Lloyd, who had already kicked six first-quarter goals. The change paid dividends, as Richards kept his former leader goalless in the second quarter. Despite this, his old club embarrassed his current by 27 points, in what turned out to be their only win for the first 16 rounds of the season. He became a key contributor in the Swans' defense, occasionally moving forward if required.
In 2009, he suffered a punctured lung and broken ribs when he collided with Brendan Fevola in the final 30 seconds of the loss against Carlton at Etihad Stadium. He missed the rest of the season as a result, while Sydney missed the finals for the first time in seven years. He also was forced to travel back to Sydney by road.
The following year Richards initially looked like he would struggle to win a consistent spot in the senior team. However an injury to Craig Bolton provided a spot for him. His season was capped off with the Best Clubman Award. At the end of the year he completed a Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of New South Wales, and combined with his football career at the Sydney Swans he now works part-time in the banking industry whilst studying for a Master of Finance degree.
After a particularly strong end to the 2010 season, he continued to play consistent football throughout the following season. He became the clubs undisputed best defender and would take on the top forwards around the AFL every week, rarely being beaten.
Richards continued on his upward climb throughout the 2012 season; he was selected in the All-Australian team and was an integral part in Sydney winning the 2012 AFL Grand Final. He established himself as one of the best defenders in the competition and finished second in the Bob Skilton Medal.
He announced his retirement on 5 August 2016, and said he would finish at the end of the season.
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- Sydney veteran Ted Richards will not underestimate Brisbane Lions champion forward Jonathon Brown at the Gabba, The Daily Telegraph, 1 May 2014
- Swans think big as Roos moves on Bomber Ted, Sydney Morning Herald, 7 October 2005
- Sydney Swan Ted Richards loving life in non-footy town
- Blake, Martin (26 September 2012). "No place to run, or hide".
- "Concussed Richards' final haze". 1 October 2006.
- Richards has broken ribs, punctured lung
- Curley, Adam (5 August 2016). "Ted's excellent adventure over at season's end". Australian Football League. Retrieved 5 August 2016.
- "Ted Richards". AFL Tables. Retrieved 28 August 2014.