June 23, 2024

Richard Caster, a 13-year NFL veteran and former tight end for the New Orleans Saints, passed away on Friday, February 2, as the Mississippi Clarion Ledger first reported.

Former NFL Player Richard Caster, Father Of AEW Trios Champion Max Caster,  Passes Away

Between 1970 and 1982, the 6-foot-5, 228-pound tight end and wide receiver made 322 receptions for 5515 yards and 45 touchdowns. After being selected by the New York Jets in the second round (46th overall) out of Jackson State University, Caster was also named to three Pro Bowls in 1972, 1974, and 1975. He played his first eight seasons with the Jets.

The tight end played with the Saints through their first four games of the 1981 season after joining the team in the second-to-last season of his career.

Additionally, Caster played for a time for the Washington football team and the Houston Oilers.

“My greatest accomplishment is that I was able to play in the league for 13 years at a time when the average career was far below 13. In 2018, Caster said to NewYorkJets.com, “I think it was about two, two and a half years when I came in.” “I was really pleased with my ability to remain talented enough to be signed and traded late in my career to add value to a few clubs.

At the age of 75, Caster battled illness until passing away peacefully in his sleep, a family representative named Kenny Zore told The Associated Press.

His wife Susan, sons Max, Sean, and Richard J. Caster, daughters Shannon Myla and Alona Nicole, and five grandkids survive him.

 

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