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Goodman (6-0, 192) is a second-year wide receiver in his second season with the Chargers. He signed a one-year contract Feb. 11, 2011.
Richard Goodman, or “Goody” as he’s known by teammates, saved his best for last in 2011. He closed out the season in grand fashion, earning the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week award after a team-record 105-yard kickoff return for a touchdown that helped the Chargers to a 38-26 season-ending win over their arch rivals, the Oakland Raiders. Goodman played every game last season and ranked fourth in the NFL with a 27.5-yard kickoff return average.
An admitted gym rat, Goodman loves to bowl, work out and stay in shape. He plays football with a bit of a chip on his shoulder after almost being overlooked to play in college. At powerhouse St. Thomas Aquinas in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Goodman didn’t become a full-time starter until his senior year. By then, most of the major colleges had doled out their scholarship offers, but when Goodman began to beat some of the top prep recruits in the state during the playoffs his senior season, colleges began to take notice. Florida State was one of the first to offer a scholarship and the sincerity of former Coach Bobby Bowden is what led Goodman to Tallahassee to play for the Seminoles.
One of Goodman’s childhood heroes was Michael Irvin, another alum of St. Thomas Aquinas. The two men grew up in the same area and Goodman has tried to train, compete and approach the game the same way that the Hall of Fame receiver did during his illustrious career.
Goodman is the oldest of four children who was raised by a single mom with help from his paternal grandmother, Olinthia, who passed in 1998. Now that he’s grown, Goodman has ambitions of starting a foundation to assist single moms. Goodman has a teardrop tattooed below his right eye in memory of his late grandmother and another on his left forearm that’s a tribute to his mother. Goodman’s best friend is Chicago Bears safety Major Wright.
TRANSACTION HISTORY: Signed two-year contract, May 10, 2010...waived Sept. 4 and re-signed to PS, Sept. 6...signed to active roster, Oct. 13...waived Nov. 6 and re-signed to PS, Nov. 10...placed on PS-Injured, Dec. 1...re-signed one-year contract, Feb. 11, 2011.
2011: Set up the Chargers’ second touchdown of the day Week 9 against Green Bay with a career-long 42-yard kickoff return...Had a season-high 144 kickoff return yards Week 11 at Chicago, including a season-long 44-yarder...he also averaged a season-best 36.0 yards per return.
2010: Practice squad Weeks 1-5...signed before Oct. 17 game at STL....two STTs in first-career game vs. Rams...first career catch (25 yards) and two more STTs Oct. 24 vs. NE... finished season with one catch for 25 yards and five STTs.
COLLEGE: Career totals of 54 catches for 602 yards and three TDs...recovery of onside kick preserved 12-6 win over Colorado in Boulder in 2007...fractured fibula in eighth game of ’07 season vs. Duke and redshirted entire ’08 season while recovering... played at Florida State from 2005-09...degree in social science.
PERSONAL:Born in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida... all-county at city’s St. Thomas Aquinas HS...career-high three INTs as DB in 2004 state championship game.
There’s no guarantee that any of the three remaining undrafted rookie receivers will earn a roster spot, but Seyi Ajirotutu, Richard Goodman and Jeremy Williams have reached the final evaluation period.