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Jerry Richardson
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Jerry Richardson is a native Carolinian whose dream was to bring NFL football and the world championship he knew as a player in the league to his home. With the Panthers in their third decade, Richardson has firmly established the NFL into the Carolina landscape while dedicating his efforts to making the rest of his vision a reality. He is the only person to be inducted into both the North and South Carolina Business and Athletic Halls of Fame.

On October 26, 1993, Richardson became the first former NFL player since George Halas to become an owner when the Carolinas were unanimously awarded the NFL's 29th franchise. More recently, Richardson played a pivotal role as Co-Chairman of the NFL Executive Committee in reaching an unprecedented 10-year Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFL Players Association in 2011.

"Jerry Richardson has always put himself out there to take those tough jobs and get it done in a way that reflects well on the NFL and this franchise," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell of Richardson's efforts on behalf of the league as well as his Panthers.

A lifelong resident of the Carolinas, Richardson and his wife, Rosalind Sallenger Richardson, have a son, Mark, a daughter, Ashley Richardson Allen, and lost their eldest son Jon in 2013. The Richardsons have nine grandchildren and one great grandchild and live in Charlotte.


In 2016, the Carolina Panthers Partners presented Richardson with a sculpture designed by noted artist Todd Andrews. The sculpture stands at the North Gate of Bank of America Stadium and depicts Richardson presenting the gift of the NFL to the people of the Carolinas flanked by two roaring Panthers. At the base of the sculpture, titled "The Tribute," is an inscription that reads:

The Indomitable Spirits who guard our stadium were led here by a man who took us beyond where others even imagined. In this place, for this place - his relentless drive inspired a display of unity in the Carolinas worthy of a world's stage. On the occasion of Jerry Richardson's 80th birthday, this sculpture is dedicated and commissioned as a loving gift to him and his family by his partners.

Jerry Richardson is a native Carolinian whose dream was to bring NFL football and the world championship he knew as a player in the league to his home. With the Panthers in their third decade, Richardson has firmly established the NFL into the Carolina landscape while dedicating his efforts to making the rest of his vision a reality. He is the only person to be inducted into both the North and South Carolina Business and Athletic Halls of Fame.

On October 26, 1993, Richardson became the first former NFL player since George Halas to become an owner when the Carolinas were unanimously awarded the NFL's 29th franchise. More recently, Richardson played a pivotal role as Co-Chairman of the NFL Executive Committee in reaching an unprecedented 10-year Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFL Players Association in 2011.

"Jerry Richardson has always put himself out there to take those tough jobs and get it done in a way that reflects well on the NFL and this franchise," said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell of Richardson's efforts on behalf of the league as well as his Panthers.

A lifelong resident of the Carolinas, Richardson and his wife, Rosalind Sallenger Richardson, have a son, Mark, a daughter, Ashley Richardson Allen, and lost their eldest son Jon in 2013. The Richardsons have nine grandchildren and one great grandchild and live in Charlotte.


In 2016, the Carolina Panthers Partners presented Richardson with a sculpture designed by noted artist Todd Andrews. The sculpture stands at the North Gate of Bank of America Stadium and depicts Richardson presenting the gift of the NFL to the people of the Carolinas flanked by two roaring Panthers. At the base of the sculpture, titled "The Tribute," is an inscription that reads:

The Indomitable Spirits who guard our stadium were led here by a man who took us beyond where others even imagined. In this place, for this place - his relentless drive inspired a display of unity in the Carolinas worthy of a world's stage. On the occasion of Jerry Richardson's 80th birthday, this sculpture is dedicated and commissioned as a loving gift to him and his family by his partners.