After earning his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Clemson University, Richard transferred to Boston College to pursue a Master’s of Health Administration while making a return to the football field. Against all odds, Richard thrived and went on to win the Brian Piccolo Award for the ACC’s most courageous player.
After seeing what has happened in the country, and the inequities of education that still hurt communities like the one he grew up in, Richard set out to create positive change. With the help of a good friend and Clemson teammate (Pat Godfrey), the founded the RYIII Foundation with the goal of giving educational opportunity to those in need. Richard knows firsthand how a quality education can change lives, and seeks to deliver that gift to as many underprivileged/minority students as possible.