Les Richter enters the Hall of Fame

Linebacker Les Richter, once traded for 11 players, has been

inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Richter, who died last year, is a senior committee nominee. He

played nine seasons for the Los Angeles Rams, who acquired him in

1954 after he was the second overall draft pick by the New York

Yanks, a franchise that almost immediately folded. His rights were

assigned to the expansion Dallas Texans, who then made the big


Richter served two years in the military, then became one of the

most rugged defenders in the NFL. He made eight straight Pro Bowls

while also seeing time at center and as a placekicker for part of

his career. He retired in 1962 after playing 112 games in his