Pat Richter starred for the Wisconsin Badgers in one era and led the school's athletic program in another. Richter was UW's last nine-letter winner, earning three each in football, basketball and baseball in the early 1960s. He was an all-around athlete, who did not specialize in any one sport but excelled in all three.
Richter led the Big Ten in receiving in 1961. He received the conference Medal of Honor in 1963.
After graduation from UW, Richter was a first round draft choice of the Washington Redskins and played eight years in the NFL. He earned his law degree from UW in 1971 and entered private industry.
When the UW athletic department was struggling financially and competitively, his alma mater called on Richter to become athletic director. Collegiate sports had changed dramatically since the days when he was a three-sport star, but Richter led the program to financial and competitive success in the 1990s.