Panthers’ Richardson among most powerful owners

As the Panthers prepare for one of the biggest regular-season games in their franchise history, team owner Jerry Richardson has been readmitted to the hospital.

Only one month ago, the 72-year-old Richardson had a pacemaker implanted to help control an irregular heartbeat. Recently, Richardson has not been feeling well, which is disconcerting for a man who has a history of heart problems and had quadruple-bypass surgery in 2002.

Richardson is one of the league’s most powerful owners, a man who always champions the NFL. In 1993, Richardson became the first former NFL player since George Halas to become a team owner. Back in the 1959 NFL championship game, when he played receiver for the Colts, Richardson caught a touchdown pass from Johnny Unitas.

On a day that will see a full schedule of games, many people’s thoughts are with the man who has been so instrumental in the success of the league.

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