Willie Richardson, an All-Pro receiver who helped the Colts reach their first Super Bowl, died Monday of natural causes in Jackson, Miss. He was 76.
Richardson made a team-high 100 receptions in 1967 and 1968, when Baltimore went 24-2-2. He made the Pro Bowl both years. In Super Bowl III — an upset loss to the New York Jets — he was one of the few Colts who stood out, with six catches for 58 yards in a 16-7 defeat.
"Willie was a good, good athlete," said teammate Lenny Moore, a Hall of Famer. "Hearing of his loss just kicks me in the corner. I'm in shock."
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