Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

Pat Richter

Pat Richter


  • Position: End
  • School: Wisconsin
  • High School: Madison, WI (East HS)
  • Years: 1960-1962
  • Inducted: 1996
  • Place of Birth: Madison, WI
  • Date of Birth: Sep 09, 1941
  • Jersey Number: 88
  • Height: 6-5
  • Weight: 229

Member Biography

Pat Richter did it all for 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 at end for Wisconsin. He led the Big 10 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, 8 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 All-America end in 1961-1962. He was Academic All-America in 1962 and received the Big 10 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 1963-1970. After his playing career came more awards -- in 1988, NCAA Silver Anniversary Award and in 1995, 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.