NFHS Hall of Famer Willie Richardson
Willie L. Richardson, a star football player at Coleman High School in Greenville in the 1950s who went on to a celebrated career with Jackson State University and the Baltimore Colts, died quietly at his home in Jackson on Feb. 8.
Richardson, 76, was selected to the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Hall of Fame in 2002. He is one of seven Mississippians bestowed with the highest honor in high school sports.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the Richardson family, said Don Hinton, Executive Director of the Mississippi High School Activities Association. “Every day, we have the privilege of seeing Willie Richardson’s picture on the NFHS Hall of Fame wall in the front entrance to our MHSAA offices. We will greatly miss his warm smile, his caring attitude, his quick wit, and the unfailing kindness he extended to our staff and everyone he came in contact with.”
Richardson, who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003, was a two-time All-Pro receiver for the Colts.