Richard Trapp
No. 28, 44     
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1946-09-21) September 21, 1946 (age 74)
Place of birth: Lynwood, California
High School: Manatee High School
Bradenton, Florida
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 175 lb (79 kg)
Career information
College: University of Florida
NFL Draft: 1968 / Round: 3 / Pick: 83
Debuted in 1968 for the Buffalo Bills
Last played in 1969 for the San Diego Chargers
Career history
* Buffalo Bills (1968)
Career highlights and awards
* First-team All-SEC (1966, 1967)
Career NFL statistics as of 1969
Games played     22
Receptions     26
Receiving yards     274
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Richard Earl Trapp (born September 21, 1946) was an American college and professional football player who was a wide receiver in the American Football League (AFL) for two seasons during the late 1960s. Trapp played college football for the University of Florida, and thereafter, played professionally for the Buffalo Bills and San Diego Chargers of the AFL.

Early years Edit

He was born in Lynwood, California.[1] Trapp attended Manatee High School in Bradenton, Florida,[2] where he was a standout high school football player for the Manatee Hurricanes.

College career Edit

Trapp received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where he played for coach Ray Graves' Florida Gators football team from 1965 to 1967.[3] In three seasons as a starting wide receiver for the Gators, he totaled 1,783 receiving yards, and compiled eight games where he caught passes for 100 yards or more.[3] Memorably, in 1966 he caught passes for 148 yards against the Auburn Tigers, and 150 yards against the Ole Miss Rebels; in 1967, he compiled 171 receiving yards against the Georgia Bulldogs.[3] Trapp was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) selection in 1966 and 1967, and the recipient of the Gators' Fergie Ferguson Award in 1967.[3] He also played for coach Dave Fuller's Florida Gators baseball team in 1967 and 1968.

Trapp graduated from the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in 1969, and a law degree in 1974, and was later inducted into the University of Florida Athletic Hall of Fame.

Professional career Edit

The Buffalo Bills selected Trapp in the third round (83rd pick overall) of the 1968 combined draft,[4] and he played for the Bills during the 1968 season.[5] During his one year with the Bills, he played in all fourteen games, and caught twenty-four passes for 235 yards.[1] During his second season, he saw limited action with the San Diego Chargers in eight games.[1] He finished his professional football career with twenty-six receptions for 274 yards.[5]

Life after football Edit

Trapp is a practicing attorney in Orlando, Florida.

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2, Players, Richard Trapp. Retrieved September 11, 2011.
  2., Players, Richard Trapp. Retrieved September 11, 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 2011 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 96, 98, 103, 143–145, 148, 150, 164, 186 (2011). Retrieved September 11, 2011.
  4. Pro Football Hall of Fame, Draft History, 1968 National Football League / American Football League Draft. Retrieved March 19, 2012.
  5. 5.0 5.1 National Football League, Historical Players, Richard Trapp. Retrieved September 11, 2011.

Bibliography Edit

  • Carlson, Norm, University of Florida Football Vault: The History of the Florida Gators, Whitman Publishing, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia (2007). ISBN 0-7948-2298-3.
  • Golenbock, Peter, Go Gators! An Oral History of Florida's Pursuit of Gridiron Glory, Legends Publishing, LLC, St. Petersburg, Florida (2002). ISBN 0-9650782-1-3.
  • Hairston, Jack, Tales from the Gator Swamp: A Collection of the Greatest Gator Stories Ever Told, Sports Publishing, LLC, Champaign, Illinois (2002). ISBN 1-58261-514-4.
  • McCarthy, Kevin M., Fightin' Gators: A History of University of Florida Football, Arcadia Publishing, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina (2000). ISBN 978-0-7385-0559-6.
  • McEwen, Tom, The Gators: A Story of Florida Football, The Strode Publishers, Huntsville, Alabama (1974). ISBN 0-87397-025-X.
  • Nash, Noel, ed., The Gainesville Sun Presents The Greatest Moments in Florida Gators Football, Sports Publishing, Inc., Champaign, Illinois (1998). ISBN 1-57167-196-X.
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