Heart attack hospitalizes ex-Colt Willie Richardson YZB

August 07, 1991

Former Jackson State and Baltimore Colts standout Willie Richardson was listed in serious condition yesterday, four days after the former All-Pro wide receiver suffered a heart attack playing golf.

"He's doing real well," said his wife, Earline Richardson, in a telephone interview yesterday from St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, La. "He's in good spirits, and he's watching television."

Officials at St. Francis said Richardson, 51, remained in the hospital's cardiac-care facility.

"He was on the golf course Friday, and after the third hole his arm became numb," Earline Richardson said. "Those with him thought he may have overheated and told him to go to the clubhouse and rest. Then he had trouble breathing, so they called the paramedics."

Richardson played with the Colts from 1963 to 1969 before being traded to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1970. The Steelers that same year traded him to the Miami Dolphins.

He was reacquired by the Colts forthe 1971 season and ranks seventh on the team's all-time career reception list with 188 for 2,883 yards and 24 touchdowns.

* CARDINALS: The club will waive wide receiver Jon Horton, wh disappeared for more than a week after attending the team dinner July 15, general manager Larry Wilson said.

Horton, 26, who led the new World League of American Football in receiving yardage this spring, apparently traveled to Las Vegas with a British Airways flight attendant before notifying his mother July 24 that he was safe.

He missed three weeks of training camp and the first preseason game.

* CHIEFS: Starting quarterback Steve DeBerg, 37, who threw 23 touchdowns with four interceptions last season, ended a 20-day holdout and reported to camp with a new two-year contract. The team did not announce the terms of the new deal.

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