Richard Caster, a former NFL player and the father of AEW star Max Caster, has sadly passed away at the age of 75. The news of his passing was reported by The Clarion Ledger, and it was revealed that he had been battling Parkinson’s Disease.
Richard Caster had a notable football career, having played college football at Jackson State in Mississippi and subsequently being drafted by the New York Jets in the 1970 NFL draft. He excelled as a tight end and earned three Pro Bowl selections, being recognized for his skills in 1972, 1974, and 1975. Caster dedicated eight years of his career to the New York Jets and continued to contribute to the sport for five more years, playing for the Houston Oilers, New Orleans Saints, and Washington before retiring in 1982.
James Hartfield, a former teammate from Jackson State University, expressed his sadness at Richard Caster’s passing, stating, “I am deeply saddened to hear about his passing. He was not only a remarkable athlete but also a wonderful person and wide receiver.”
Another teammate from Jackson State, Stanley Blackmon, added, “He was a genuinely good-hearted individual. I am filled with sorrow upon learning of his passing. Richard was an outstanding athlete with incredible speed, even participating in the relay team at Jackson State. He showcased his versatility when he transitioned to the tight end position when Jerome Barkum joined the team. It is indeed a somber day for all who had the privilege of knowing him.”
We extend our heartfelt condolences on behalf of Ringside News to the family, friends, and fans of Mr. Caster during this difficult time.