BA ’88, communication
Howard Richards was born in St. Louis and was a student in the St. Louis Public School system through high school graduation, and he earned a bachelor’s degree in communication, with an emphasis in radio, television and film from MU.
He spent seven seasons in the National Football League, playing six seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, and one season with the Seattle Seahawks before retiring after the 1987 season. Following his retirement from football, Richards worked for 13 years at the Central Intelligence Agency, where he served on the security staffs of four CIA directors, along with serving a tour of duty in Tel Aviv, Israel.
After leaving the federal government in 2003, Richards began a career as a licensed REALTOR® and real estate consultant in northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.. He is the president of SevenZero, Ltd., a small security-consulting business that he started in 2008 specializing in security consulting and support services to private industry, its executives, and former federal government officials as they travel internationally.
Richards is active in the community and serves as an advisory board member for Segs4Vets Foundation (www.Segs4Vets.org), a “Spirit of Hope Award”–winning foundation that provides Segway personal transport vehicles to severely wounded military veterans. Richards has also been involved as a voluntary board member for the Gerry Bertier #42 Foundation (http://www.gerrybertier.com), which raises funds for spinal cord research and individuals who have suffered spinal-cord injuries.
Richards also serves as the Tigers radio football analyst. "To be able to come back and be part of Mizzou football on this level, I couldn't have found a better opportunity to further my broadcasting aspirations and reconnect to my alma mater,'' said Richards. "This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.''
Richards is a member of the St. Louis Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and of the NFL Retired Players Association. He is a 2012 recipient of the College of Arts and Science’s Distinguished Alumni Award and a 2015 recipient of the MU Faculty–Alumni Awards. He also serves on the advisory council for the MU Department of Communication.