Richmond Flowers
Class of 2002

Category: Track

Born: 6/13/1947
Birthplace: Dothan, AL

Richmond Flowers - Born June 13, 1947, in Dothan, Alabama. In H.S. he set the National H.S. record for the high hurdles in 13.5 seconds. Tied the H.S. National Low Hurdle record of 18.2 seconds. Set the World record for a H.S. Athlete running the college hurdles in 13.8 seconds. In the 1964 Alabama State Track Meet he finished first in five events with five state records. He played collegiately at Tennessee in both track and football. Freshmen were not eligible to compete in varsity sports. So in track he competed in the open International Competition finishing second in the National AAU in both the 60-yard hurdles and the 60-yard dash. As a freshman, he was 1/10 second off the World Indoor Record for the high hurdles with a time of 6.9 and the World 60-yard dash record with a time of 6.0. Both records still stand in the Tennessee record book today. As a sophomore football player he was named to the All-SEC Sophomore Team and was the second leading receiver for the Vols with 35 receptions and 5 touchdowns. In track that year he was voted Most Outstanding Performer in the SEC Track and Field Championships, finishing first in both the 120 high hurdles and 100-yard dash and fourth in the long jump. As a junior on the football team he was the leading receiver with 41 receptions for 585 yards and played a major role in the Vols winning the SEC Championship. The Football News named him First Team All-American. In track he became Tennessee’s first NCAA Track Champion by virtue of his victory in the Indoor NCAA Championships in the 60-yard high hurdles. During the outdoor season in eight major meets he finished first seven times and second once. On June 2, 1968, he tore his hamstring ending his quest for Olympic gold in Mexico City that summer. He concluded his collegiate career as Tennessee most successful two sport athlete. At that time he was the leading pass receiver in Tennessee history (105 catches for 1,215 yards in 3 years). He was a football All-American and led the Vols to three bowl games (Gator, Orange and Cotton). He was a four-time track and field All-American, a NCAA High Hurdle Champion and a NCAA record holder in two events. Drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the second round. In 1970 he was a member of the Cowboy’s Super Bowl V Team. In 1999 Athlon Sports magazine named him as one of the 25 top collegiate receivers of the century.

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