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EP 43: Interview With Retired Football Player Jamel Richardson


Jamel enjoyed a long career of professional football playing 12 years in the CFL and a stint in the NFL as well.  He loves video games with Madden and NBA 2K being his 2 favourite games to play.  He started playing football in 7th grade and played basketball primarily prior to that.  His favourite player is Michael Irvin and tried to emulate him with his play.  He went to Victor Valley Junior College after first committing to Michigan State.  However he didn’t get the necessary grades to go there so had to make the move to Victor Valley.  He dominated while he was there and also was successful on the basketball court becoming the 2nd highest scorer in the state of California.  Despite his success, it was a tough transition for him to go out to California.  He became home sick, missing his home town on the east coast.  But his love for the game propelled him to continue on.  From there he got an opportunity with the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the Canadian Football League.  He performed well at a tryout and got signed.  It was a bit of an adjustment playing with the different rules and in a different Country.  He learned from some of the veterans who took him under their wing as a young player.  His success there got him an opportunity with the Dallas Cowboys.  He had a great camp, however with the stiff competition, he was a a last cut.  However Terrell Owens had a big impact on him and his career by showing him how hard he worked to be the best.  That inspired him, and it led to him having amazing seasons with the Montreal Alouettes.  He finished off with the Riders before transitioning to life after football.  He did a few things like coaching kids as well as getting his masseuse licence.  However he didn’t feel led to do that.  He then went into becoming a claims adjuster which he is doing now.  He is also starting his training company, Upstate Fitness Connection.  For more information on Jamel, please use the links below.



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About the author, Lyle

1st round pick of the BC Lions in the 2001 draft, 3rd overall. 10 year CFL player, retiring in 2011. 2 Grey Cup appearances, winning in 2006.

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