By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Former Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has passed away. He was 86.
An official cause of death has not been announced yet.
“Jerry Richardson’s contributions to professional football in the Carolinas are historic,” Panthers owners David and Nicole Tepper said in a statement. “With the arrival of the Panthers in 1995, he changed the landscape of sports in the region and gave the NFL fans here a team to call their own. He was incredibly gracious to me when I purchased the team, and for that I am thankful. Nicole and I extend our deepest condolences to Rosalind, the entire Richardson family, and their loved ones. We wish them much peace and comfort.”
Richardson was the founding owner of the Panthers before being forced to sell the team. David Tepper, who at the time had a minority stake in the Pittsburgh Steelers, sold off his Steelers stake to purchase the Panthers team.
He was awarded the Panthers franchise on October 26th, 1993. The team made its debut in 1995.
“I never thought about not getting a franchise,” Richardson said, expressing his trademark confidence, according to the Carolina Panthers after receiving the franchise. “The odds against us were huge. People had said it was 150-to-1, 200-to-1. That never deterred me.
“I didn’t pay any attention to it. I was told I couldn’t get my company on the New York Stock Exchange before I was 40. I was told, ‘You can’t make money selling hamburgers for 15 cents.’ I’ve been told a lot of things.”© 2007-2023 The Capital Sports Report. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcasted, rewritten, or redistributed.