David Richards
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Personal information
Date of birth: (1966-04-11) April 11, 1966 (age 54)
Place of birth: Staten Island, New York
Career information
College: Southern Methodist (1984-86)
UCLA (1987)
NFL Draft: 1988 / Round: 4 / Pick: 98
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
*San Diego Chargers (1988–1992)
Career highlights and awards
* USA Today High School All-American (1983)

David Reed Richards (born April 11, 1966) is a former professional American football guard who played nine seasons in the National Football League.

A standout at Highland Park High School in Dallas, Texas, the 6-foot-5, 310-pound Richards was the first lineman to be named Parade Magazine's National High School Player of the Year in 1983.

In college, he was an All-Southwest Conference selection at guard as a sophomore at Southern Methodist University. The following season, he earned All-SWC honors as a tackle at SMU.

Prior to his senior season, the NCAA placed SMU's football program on probation and Richards transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles, for his senior season.

A fourth-round selection of the San Diego Chargers in the 1988 NFL Draft, Richards spent five seasons with the Chargers (1988–1992), starting at right tackle (1988) and right guard (1989–92) in all 80 games.

In April 1993, Richards signed a three-year, $5.1 million agreement to play for the Detroit Lions.[1] He started 15 games at left guard for the Lions during the 1993 season before signing a two-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons in August 1994. With the Falcons, Richards started 26 games during the 1994 and 1995 seasons. In 1996, he started six games for the Falcons before he was released by the team. He was claimed on waivers by the New England Patriots in October 1996.

Today, Richards lives in Dallas where he works in commercial real estate.[2]


  1. Los Angeles Times, April 6, 1993
  2. "Jones Lang LaSalle to Buy Staubach for $613 Million". June 16, 2008. Retrieved November 28, 2008.

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