Background and college
Born December 17, 1971 in Frankfurt, Germany, Richardson lived in Daleville, Alabama, where he excelled as a three-sport letterman in football, basketball, and track & field. He attended Auburn University, where he started most of his four seasons as a fullback for the team, accumulating 162 carries for 715 yards and nine touchdowns. He received his Bachelor of Education degree in 2000, and later got his MBA from Webster University in 2004.
Before the Jets
Richardson was not drafted by any team, and entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent signed to the Dallas Cowboys in 1994. He spent most of his time on the practice squad, but was released by the team and signed with Kansas City in February of 1995. He started one game in that season, and was noted for blocking Marcus Allen on his way to his 100th career touchdown. He later became the starting fullback for the team. He was selected to represent the AFC in the 2003, 2004, and 2005 Pro Bowls. His stint with the Chiefs ended when he was signed by the Minnesota Vikings. He was selected to represent the NFC in the 2008 Pro Bowl. At the end of the 2007-2008 season, the Vikings did not resign Richardson. In 13 seasons, he has played in 186 games and made 106 starts. He has rushed for 1,601 yards and 15 touchdowns on 407 carries and has added 201 receptions for 1,498 yards and nine scores