Thursday, August 18, 2011

#17 Greg Richardson

17 more days till college football!!

Greg Richardson enjoyed a full and productive college football career at Alabama. He started for three years and lettered for four. He caught 65 passes. He ran the ball five times and returned three kic koffs. He set the Alabama career record, which Javier Arenas matched last season, with 125 punt returns.
That's 198 touches in all, but he's remembered for one.
The 1985 Iron Bowl may have been the most dramatic of all. There were four scores, two by each team, and four lead changes in the fourth quarter alone.
On the game's final play, Alabama's Van Tiffin kicked a 52-yard field goal to win 25-23. It's known as The Kick.
All Richardson did was make that kick possible.
There were 15 seconds left when Richardson ran a delay route underneath the defense. Quarterback Mike Shula looked off the defender to give Richardson time and hit him in stride.
That was only half the battle.
Richardson had to get up field to put Tiffin in range but also get out of bounds because Alabama had no timeouts left. The 5-foot-7, 175-pound receiver dragged Auburn defensive back Luvell Bivins from the hash mark to the sideline.
That 19-yard gain left just enough time for the field-goal unit to take the field and for Tiffin to make the kick.  Check out the video to see what happens next...

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