The University of Arkansas will recognize the 50th anniversary of Jon Richardson becoming the first Black scholarship football player to take the field for the Razorbacks.
An online event, open to the public, will be held on Thursday, Nov. 19, from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. Muskie Harris, Little Rock businessman and former Razorback football player, will host a panel discussion of Richardson’s groundbreaking achievement and milestones related to other Razorback Black athletes. Arkansas Athletics Director Hunter Yurachek also is scheduled to speak.
Joining Harris will be panelists Gerald Jordan, UA associate professor of journalism and faculty athletics representative; former Razorback basketball great Sidney Moncrief, one of the famed Triplets under Eddie Sutton who went on to an all-pro career in the NBA; and Dennis Winston, an all-American linebacker for Frank Broyles who enjoyed a long career with the Pittsburgh Steelers and is a former head coach at UAPB.
Last year, Richardson was posthumously inducted with eight other former Razorback athletes into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame. The Little Rock native played for the Hogs from 1970-72, and in his final season broke a school record with 501 kickoff return yards. He finished his career with 19 rushing TDs.
The event is open to the public. Email Events@RazorbackFoundation.com for more information.