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Pat Richter


Hugh Vernon Richter

Inducted 1996

Date of Birth



Madison, WI


University of Wisconsin (1960-1962)


Pat Richter was a multi-sport star at Wisconsin. He won nine letters, three each in football, basketball, and baseball. At 6-5 in height and 229 pounds, he was a great receiver for Wisconsin. He led the Big Ten in pass receptions in 1961 and 1962. In 1962, he also led the conference in punting. In 1961, he led the nation in touchdown passes, eight, and yards gained on pass receptions, 817. He caught 25 passes his first year, 47 the second, and 38 as a senior. In his final game, he set a Rose Bowl record with 11 receptions against Southern California. The record stood for 31 years. Richter was named a first-team All-America end in 1961-1962. He was Academic All-America in 1962 and received the Big Ten Medal for proficiency in academics and athletics. Richter graduated in 1963 with a degree in architecture: he later added a law degree. He played pro with the Washington Redskins from 1963-1970. After his playing career came more awards -- in 1988, NCAA Silver Anniversary Award and in 1995, election to the GTE Academic Hall of Fame. He spent several years practicing law, then was vice-president for personnel for Oscar Mayer Foods Co. In 1989, he was named director of athletics at the University of Wisconsin.


Height 6'5

Weight 229

Career Highlights

  • 1962 Academic All-America
  • 1962 All-Conference
  • 1962 Consensus All-America
  • 1962 Heisman - Sixth
  • 1961 All-Conference
  • 1961 First Team All-America
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