Les Richter

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Leslie Alan Richter (October 26, 1930 – June 12, 2010) was a Los Angeles Rams National Football League football player, former head of operations for NASCAR and president of the Riverside International Raceway. He played in 8 Pro Bowls as a linebacker. Richter was born in Fresno, California. He will be inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August 2011.


After graduating from the University of California in 1952, where he played guard and linebacker, he served in the U.S. Army for two years. A first-round draft choice of the NFL's Dallas Texans in the 1952 NFL Draft, Richter was traded to the Los Angeles Rams for eleven players, the 2nd largest deal ever made for a single player. The largest was in 1953, when Cleveland and Baltimore made a 15-player trade. One of the Browns traveling to Baltimore was defensive back Don Shula. (1)

During his 9 years with the Rams, Richter intercepted 16 passes and scored 193 points which included 1 touchdown, 106 extra points, and 29 field goal. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1982. On August 25, 2010 he was nominated as a senior candidate for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2011 along with former Washington Redskins linebacker Chris Hanburger

After retiring from football, Richter had been involved with auto racing in a variety of positions. He had been vice-president of special projects for International Speedway Corporation, chairman of the board for the International Race of......
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