Golden Richards, Super Bowl champion, dies at 73

Golden Richards, part of a trick play that helped the Dallas Cowboys win Super Bowl XII, died of congestive heart failure at his home in Murray, Utah. He was 73.His nephew, Lance Richards, confirmed in a Facebook post that his uncle died Friday.”I will forever remember going hunting and talking Dallas Cowboy football. He was a kind and sweet soul and I’m so happy he’s not suffering anymore,” the younger Richards wrote.A speedy wide receiver, John “Golden” Richards was a multisport athlete at Granite High School in Salt Lake City before playing at BYU and then Hawaii as a college senior. The Cowboys selected him in the second round of the 1973 draft, and he played in Dallas for five-plus seasons before concluding his career with the Chicago Bears (1978-79).The Richards play etched in Cowboys lore came in the Super Bowl in 1978 — a 27-10 win over the Denver Broncos — when Richards caught a 29-yard touchdown pass from running back Robert Newhouse on a trick play.”People always think of that game as the highlight of my career but it wasn’t,” Richards told the Los Angeles Times in 1993.”Every game I played was the highlight. Having my mates hold me up in the huddle when I had just gotten nailed and the wind knocked out of me, that was the highlight. The camaraderie of the game, every game, that was the highlight.”