- 26th overall pick in the 1981 NFL Draft.
- A native of St. Louis, Richards was a four-year letterman and starter at 40 consecutive games at right tackle for coaches Al Onofrio (1977) and Warren Powers (1978-80).
- A standout offensive lineman, Richards won 1st-Team All-Big Eight and 2nd-Team All-American honors as a senior, and he went on to become a 1st-round NFL Draft pick in 1981 by the Dallas Cowboys.
- Richards spent seven seasons in the National Football League, playing six with the Dallas Cowboys, followed by one year with the Seattle Seahawks before retiring after the 1987 season.
- He helped the Cowboys win four NFC East Division championships, along with making two consecutive NFC championship game appearances (1982-83).
- Following his retirement from professional football, Richards served for 13 years at the Central Intelligence Agency in several assignments, among which, he served on the security protective staffs of four CIA directors, along with serving a tour of duty in Tel Aviv, Israel.