February 11, 1974|
Orangeburg, South Carolina
|Height:||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Weight:||225 lb (102 kg)|
|High school:||Sumter (SC)|
|NFL Draft:||1997 / Round: 7 / Pick: 234|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Career Arena statistics|
|Player stats at ArenaFan.com|
He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the seventh round of the 1997 NFL Draft. In three years in the NFL, two with the Ravens and one with the Atlanta Falcons, Richardson had a regular season total of 1 career passing yard.
After spending the 2000 season out of football, Richardson was signed by the XFL's New York/New Jersey Hitmen early in the season. As part of a kayfabe quarterback controversy, Richardson (who, as part of the sports entertainment approach the XFL used, was given an angle in which his larger hands were an advantage he had over his small-handed predecessor, local native Charley Puleri) was given the starting quarterback job in week 3, a position he held for the rest of the year. Immediately after the Hitmen's season ended, Richardson joined the Arena Football League's Los Angeles Avengers, he was waived prior to training camp in 2002.
Upon his retirement from professional football, Richardson joined Penn State’s Morgan Academic Support Center for Student-Athletes, first as a graduate assistant in 2001 and then as an academic counselor from 2003-07. From 2007-11, Richardson served as the associate director of the Rankin Smith Student-Athlete Service Center at the University of Georgia, working with members of the football, women’s volleyball and equestrian teams. He was named associate director of football academic support at the University of North Carolina before the 2011 football season.
In April 2013, Richardson was named director of the Penn State Football Letterman’s Club, an organization of more than 1,500 former Penn State football players and student managers.
- "Kulka To Coordinate Football Academic Support Program; Richardson Joins Academic Support Staff". Penn State University. 2003-07-16. Retrieved 2010-10-22.
- "1997 NFL Draft". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2010-10-22.
- "Wally Richardson". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved 2010-10-22.
- "L.A. Avengers cut four players in preparation for training camp". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. March 24, 2002. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
- "Wally Richardson Named Penn State Football Letterman's Club Director". Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. 2013-04-25.
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