Celebration Of Life held for Carolina Panthers founder

Jerry Richardson speaks at an event in 2004 Photo credit USA Today Sports

The life of the man responsible for bringing NFL Football to the Carolinas, was celebrated in the Upstate over the weekend. A ceremony was held to honor the memory of Jerry Richardson at Wofford College, Saturday. Richardson died March 2nd at the age of 86.

The event was held in the basketball arena at his alma mater, which bares his name. Richardson played football at Wofford and then for the Baltimore Colts of the NFL. After his playing career was over, Richardson opened his first Hardee's location in Spartanburg.

In 1993, he was awarded the NFL's 29th franchise and the Carolina Panthers were born. They played their home games for their inaugural season of 1995 at Death Valley in Clemson.

Richardson was a generous benefactor to Wofford College, contributing a quarter-billion dollars to the school in total. That number was reached after a 150 million dollar contribution from Richardson in 2021.

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