Super Bowl Champion Golden Richards Passes Away at 73

NFL Mourns the Loss of a Legendary Wide Receiver.

by Nouman Rasool
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Super Bowl Champion Golden Richards Passes Away at 73
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Golden Richards, the celebrated former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver and Super Bowl XII standout, passed away at the age of 73. Richards, remembered for his pivotal catch in the Super Bowl XII victory over the Denver Broncos, died of congestive heart failure at his home in Murray, Utah, as confirmed by his family.

Lance Richards, his nephew, shared the news on Facebook, reminiscing about their times together. "My uncle Golden passed away peacefully this morning," he wrote. "I will forever remember going hunting and talking Dallas Cowboy football.

He was a kind and sweet soul, and I’m so happy he’s not suffering anymore."

Rising Cowboys Star

Drafted by the Cowboys in the second round of the 1973 NFL Draft from Brigham Young University, Richards quickly made his mark in professional football.

Although his rookie season saw limited play, he swiftly ascended to a starting position by his second year. His tenure with the Cowboys spanned over five seasons, during which he became a fan favorite and a key player in the team's offensive lineup.

Richards' career took a turn in 1978 when he lost his starting position midway through the season. The Cowboys subsequently traded him to the Chicago Bears, where he played for two seasons. In 1980, he signed with the Denver Broncos but a season-ending injury before he could take the field marked the end of his playing days.

However, it is his iconic 29-yard touchdown reception from Robert Newhouse in Super Bowl XII that cements Richards' legacy in the annals of NFL history. This play was a critical moment in securing the Cowboys' victory and remains a highlight in Super Bowl lore.

Post-retirement, Richards faced significant health challenges. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2011, and his brother Doug revealed that he underwent four surgeries following a hip fracture in 2022. "He has left us and gone to a better place," Doug Richards said.

"He fought pretty good there to the end, until it was his time." Golden Richards leaves behind a legacy as a Super Bowl champion, with career statistics of 122 receptions, 2,136 yards, and 17 touchdowns across 86 games. His passing is mourned by fans, teammates, and the football community, who remember him not only for his on-field prowess but also for his gentle, resilient spirit.

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