Jamel Richardson (born January 22, 1982 in Syracuse, New York) is a professional Canadian football slotback who is currently a free agent. He recently played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. He is most well known for his time with the Montreal Alouettes where he won two Grey Cup championships, including the 98th Grey Cup MVP award. Richardson attended Corcoran High School before he was a two-year All-Foothill Conference in Basketball and All-American in Football at Victor Valley College where he led the state in receptions and yardage.
|Born:||January 22, 1982|
Syracuse, New York
|Height||6 ft 3 in (191 cm)|
|Weight||226 lb (103 kg)|
|College||Victor Valley College|
|Career highlights and awards|
|CFL All-Star||2008, 2011|
|CFL East All-Star||2008–2011|
Richardson was signed by the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League in March 2007, but he faced an uphill battle at making the Cowboys' roster due to the depth Dallas had at the wide receiver position. On August 27, 2007, the Dallas Cowboys waived Richardson, along with seven other players, as part of its roster cuts prior to the start of the 2007 regular season.
On March 18, 2008, the Montreal Alouettes signed Richardson. In the 2008 season, Richardson was named a CFL All-Star after leading the CFL with 16 TD receptions while catching 98 passes for 1287 yards.
Richardson made news on January 7, 2009, when it was reported that he turned down an offer from the Minnesota Vikings of the NFL and chose to remain with the Alouettes for at least 3 seasons. He also drew interest from Seattle, San Francisco, and Tampa Bay.
On November 28, 2010 in the 98th Grey Cup in Edmonton, Alberta vs. the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Richardson helped the Alouettes to a 21-18 victory as well as receiving the MVP trophy. He was the first receiver to receive this honour since 2003. For six consecutive seasons Richardson amassed over 1,000 receiving yards; from 2008 through the 2012 CFL season. On August 4, 2013, partway through the season, Richardson tore his LCL and ACL, in his left knee, during practice. He then missed the remainder of the 2013 CFL season. Following the season-ending injury, Richardson was part of the teams final cuts of 2014 training camp and was released on June 21, 2014.
Saskatchewan Roughriders IIEdit
|2013||MTL||5||18||197||10.9||21||0||Placed on injured list|
|2014||Did Not Play|
- "High hopes for VVC football". Desert Dispatch. Desert Dispatch. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
- "Corcoran to induct four into Athletic Hall of Fame". Syracuse .com. Syracuse .com. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
- "Alouettes sign Jamel Richardson". CFL.ca. 2008-03-18.
- Richardson spurns Vikings offer to stay in Montreal
- Richarson tears LCL and ACL, August 5 2013.
- Au revoir: Alouettes part ways with Richardson
- Back at It: Richardson returns; inks deal with Roughriders