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Pat Richter Quick Facts


Sept. 9, 1941 (age 61)

Alma Mater

Wisconsin, B.S., 1964; Wisconsin, J.D., 1971


wife Renee; sons Scott (wife Khaki and grandsons J.P. and Cole), Brad (wife, Crissy and grandson Max and granddaughter Samantha), Barry (wife Kim and grandson Blake and granddaughter Alexandra) and Tim

Playing Career

Lettered three times each in football, basketball and baseball; All-America tight end in 1961 and 1962; Academic All-American in 1962; led the Big Ten in receiving yards twice and topped the nation as a junior; set a Rose Bowl record catching 11 passes for 163 yards vs. No. 1-ranked USC in 1963; All-Big Ten first baseman at UW; received his UW scholarship to play basketball; first round NFL draft pick of the Washington Redskins in 1963; played eight seasons for the Redskins.


1963 Big Ten Medal of Honor recipient (academic and athletic excellence); 1997 inductee into the National Football Foundation College Football Hall of Fame; given an NCAA Silver Anniversary Award for post-collegiate accomplishment in 1988; member of the inaugural class of inductees into the Athletic Department's Hall of Fame in 1991; inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1994; gained induction into the Verizon Academic All-America Hall of Fame in 1995; named "Executive of the Year" by the Sales & Executives of Madison in 1997; member of both the Wisconsin State Athletic and Madison Sports Halls of Fame.

NCAA and Big Ten committee service

Former chair of the Big Ten and WCHA athletic directors; currently serving on the NCAA Football Issues Committee; formerly served on the Big Ten Compliance Committee, the Rose Bowl Management Committee, the NCAA Division I-A Ice Hockey Committee and the Agent/Student-athlete Special Committee.

Noteworthy UW-Madison item

Richter and his wife, Renee, have made a generous charitable gift to the Kohl Center project -- two of the trophy cases on the main concourse have been named in their honor.

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