|Date of birth:||June 13, 1947|
|Place of birth:||Dothan, Alabama|
|NFL Draft:||1969 / Round: 2 / Pick: 49|
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Richmond McDavid Flowers, Jr. (born June 13, 1947 in Dothan, Alabama) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and the New York Giants. He played college football at the University of Tennessee and was drafted in the second round of the 1969 NFL Draft.
Flowers also participated in track and field as a hurdler. In 1968, he was a leading contender for the 1968 Summer Olympics in the 110 metres hurdles. Willie Davenport had dominated the previous 3 seasons but in 1968, Flowers beat him handily at several early season meets, to the point that the future gold medalist quit his college team that he thought was hurting his chances. Flowers tore his hamstring in June and showed up at the September high altitude Olympic Trials in Echo Summit just barely recovered. Flowers struggled to a non-qualifying 5th place in the last race in his career.
Flowers was reared in Dothan, Houston County, Alabama in Southeastern, Alabama. He attended Sidney Lanier High School, Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama. His father was Richmond Flowers, Sr., the Attorney General of Alabama from 1963 to 1967, and a former member of the Alabama State Senate. The senior Flowers was an intraparty rival of Governors George Wallace and Lurleen Burns Wallace.
- ↑ Sielski, Mike (n. d.) "Flowers: 'Fastest white boy alive'." ESPN Classic
- ↑ http://www.hurdlesfirst.com/quietchampion3.htm
- ↑ http://www.usatf.org/statistics/champions/OlympicTrials/HistoryOfTheOlympicTrials.pdf
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