It was a good weekend for the Auburn football team, ending Les Miles’ run at LSU and all.
But one former Tigers great was honored for his Sunday contributions by a former employer.
Tony Richardson, the former bruising fullback most known for his work with the Kansas City Chiefs, was added to the “Ring of Honor” by the franchise before Sunday’s win against the New York Jets — another former Richardson team.
According to Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star, Richardson said it was a surreal experience.
“For me, it’s pretty humbling,” Richardson said, according to the Star. “When I first saw it, my knees buckled a little bit. The number of times I ran out of that tunnel and saw Len Dawson, Jan Stenerud, Derrick Thomas, Christian Okoye, to have my name up there, it just doesn’t seem real.”
Richardson was a three-year starter for Pay Dye and Terry Bowden at Auburn but went undrafted in 1994. He spent a season on the practice squad of the Dallas Cowboys before joining the Chiefs, where he stayed for 11 seasons and made three Pro Bowls. He went to another Pro Bowl out of two seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, then closed his 16-year career with three more years with the Jets, retiring at 39.
Richardson rushed for 1,727 yards and 15 touchdowns in his career. He also caught nine touchdown passes and amassed 1,543 yards via completions.
According to Mark Inabinett of AL.com, there is a bit more Alabama flavor on KC’s “Ring” as Parker High School’s Buck Buchanan, Mobile’s Jerrel Wilson, and former Crimson Tide linebacker Derrick Thomas are also enshrined.
Richardson is also in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame and the Reese’s Senior Bowl Hall of Fame.