Bob Richards
Bob Richards

 

 

Bob Richards (1944)

Bob Richards played quarterback for an undefeated Champaign football team and placed 5th in the state in the pole vault. As a junior, Richards keyed a 14-0 victory over Kankakee by intercepting two passes. Bob later acknowledged a rabbit's foot that he carried as his lucky charm. During his senior season, the Maroons outscored their opponents 245-19. He played his best game against Mooseheart, completing 11-15 passes for three touchdowns in a 32-0 victory. After graduation, Richards won fame as a collegiate, AAU and Olympic pole vaulter. He won four pole vaulting national titles and 20 AAU national titles, including 17 in the pole vault. Richards went on to win the Olympic bronze medal in 1948 and the gold medal in 1952 and 1956. Richards was the second man to vault 15' and is the only two-time Olympic gold medal winner in the pole vault. Bob also won gold medals in the 1951 and 1955 Pan American games. He became the first athlete to appear on the cover of Wheaties in 1958. He was elected to the US Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1975 and to the US Olympic Hall of Fame in 1983. He played quarterback on an undefeated Champaign football team. In 1984 the Reverend Bob Richards ran for president of the United States and earned over 66,000 votes.

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