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15. Les Richter

Drafted by the New York Yanks second overall Les Richter never suited up for them as they folded.  His rights went to the new Dallas Texans (who pretty much took most of the Yanks), but he never played for them either as he was traded to the Los Angeles Rams for 11 players.  While this may look lopsided, it was but in favor of the Rams!

Richter was incredibly versatile, and he was used at Linebacker, Guard and was also a Kicker.  Regardless of what he was doing on the gridiron, he was incredibly capable as he was named to the Pro Bowl in eight of his nine NFL seasons.  Richter was exceptionally gifted at stopping the run and in a game of tough players, he showed that to a higher level in a game where he broke his cheekbone and continued to play!  He shifted to Center in his last season due to an injury to the incumbent, Art Hunter, a move someone only a player as versatile as Richter could pull off.

He would finally be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2011 posthumously as a Senior Candidate.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Linebacker
  • Acquired: Traded from the Dallas Texans before the 1952 Season.
  • Departed: Retired after the 1962 Season.
  • Games Played: 112
  • Notable Statistics:

    105 Games Started

    16 Interceptions

    206 Interception Return Yards

    12 Fumble Recoveries

    1 Kick Return

    4 Kick Return Yards

    29 Field Goals

    55 Field Goal Attempts

    52.7 Field Goal Percentage

    106 Extra Points Made

    109 Extra Points Attempted

    97.2 Extra Point Percentage
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    First Team All Pro (1956)

    Second Team All Pro (1958, 1959 & 1960)

    Pro Bowl Selection (1954, 1955, 1956. 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960 & 1961)
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