Richardson hopeful on making NFL rosterPublished 12:01am Wednesday, August 28, 2013
NATCHEZ — It may have been a preseason game, but that didn’t take away from the moment former Natchez High School standout Rico Richardson had Saturday night.
Richardson and the Kansas City Chiefs were trying to break a 20-20 tie against the Pittsburgh Steelers in overtime, and Chiefs quarterback Chase Daniels decided to send the ball Richardson’s way on a corner route to the end zone.
Richardson got behind Steelers safety Robert Golden and pulled the ball in for a 15-yard touchdown reception to give the Chiefs a 26-20 win. Afterward, he said the feeling was unbelievable for him.
“You dream about this stuff all the time, just to play in the NFL and score,” Richardson said. “To be in overtime and win the game, I’ll never forget that moment no matter what.”
It was Richardson’s first touchdown and his only catch of the game.
“It was just a simple corner route,” Richardson said of the reception. “We had run the play like three plays before, and we ran it again because it was open the first time. It was just like pitch and catch. Chase Daniels made a great throw.”
But it being his first catch may not be the only reason Richardson remembers it. After running out of bounds and onto the concrete surface surrounding the field, Richardson slipped and fell down. Seconds later, he was up, uninjured, as his teammates hugged and congratulated him.
“I guess I ran a little too wide trying to stop myself,” Richardson said. “I didn’t get hurt, and I scored the winning touchdown, so I didn’t let it phase me.”
After the game, Richardson said he turned on his phone to an overwhelming number of congratulatory messages.
“It was too many text messages to read, and too many missed calls to call,” Richardson joked. “My phone was like a hotline.”
On Tuesday, the Chiefs finished trimming down their roster to 75 players by waiving receiver Jamar Newsome. After surviving the initial round of cuts, Richardson said he’s hopeful to still be on the team when the team reduces its roster to 53 players this weekend.
“It’s nerve-wracking, because you’re a free agent, but I’m confident that I’ve done a good job since training camp and have impressed the coaches,” Richardson said.
“I want to make the roster or at least the practice squad. If not, I hope I can make another team. Every game is kind of an audition for all 32 NFL teams, because they’re getting tape and evaluating you, too.”
The Chiefs will play at 7 p.m. Thursday at home against the Green Bay Packers.