NFL Legend Golden Richards Dead At 73: REPORT

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Golden Richards, an NFL legend who was a wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys and known for his famous catch against the Denver Broncos during Super Bowl XII, passed away Friday, according to his family. He was 73 years old.

Richards died of congestive heart failure at his Murray, Utah home, according to the NFL legend’s nephew in a post on Facebook, KSL Sports reported.

“My uncle Golden passed away peacefully this morning,” wrote Lance Richards, according to the outlet. “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.”

Richards, out of BYU, was selected in the 1973 NFL Draft’s second round by the Dallas Cowboys. In his rookie season in 1974, he suited up in 12 games, eventually becoming a starter in his second season.

With Dallas, Richards played over five seasons but ended up losing his starting role during the 1978 campaign. Eventually, he was shipped off to the Chicago Bears in a trade, playing for the team a total of 20 games in 1978 and 1979.

In 1980, he joined the Denver Broncos; however, he never played with the franchise because of a season-ending injury. Not long afterwards, Richards retired. (RELATED: NBA Legend Robert Reid Dead At 68)

Richards’ biggest claim to fame was the catch he made in Super Bowl XII against the Broncos. Sealing the victory for the Cowboys, Richards caught a 29-yard touchdown pass thrown by Robert Newhouse.