Les Richter: 2011 Hall of Fame Class
Posted on: August 6, 2011 10:06 pm
Posted by Ryan Wilson
“It always puzzled me why Les was not in the Hall of Fame. He was a great, great player. I don’t know any linebacker in that era who even compares to him.” - Hall of Famer Frank Gifford, who played against Richter in high school, college and the NFL
“(He was) the best. Why he is not in the Hall of Fame (before now) is beyond me. ... I played 10 years with the Rams and Bears and would find it hard to find anyone who excelled at his position as much as Les Richter did at middle linebacker, period.” - Former Rams teammate Jack Pardee, who played 17 years in the NFL, and later coached the Bears, Redskins and Oilers
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Les Ricther, passed away in June 2010, but his legacy as a hard-hitting, game-defining player remains. At 6-3, 240 pounds, he was one of the most physical linebackers in the league during his nine-year career that began with the the Los Angeles Rams in 1954.
We was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection, a two-time first-team All Pro, and was once traded for 11 players.
According to NFL.com, Richter never missed a game during his 112-game NFL career, battling through various injuries. Richter broke his cheekbone early in the 1961 season against the Steelers, but played through it not realizing that it was broken. He had a protective guard added to his helmet and completed the season even though he broke his cheekbone again five weeks later.
Richter was represented Saturday by son, Jon and daughter, Anne.
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