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2013-10-17 Richardson named to MSFA Midwest League all-time team
Ben Richardson

Ben Richardson played for ONU from 1999-2003 and was a NAIA First Team All-American in 2003

Richardson named to MSFA Midwest League all-time team

Author: Nick Birkey/Larry Alter
Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 10:32 AM

As part of the 20th anniversary celebration of the Mid-States Football Association, Information Director Larry Alter has chosen all-time Mideast League and Midwest League teams. 

The selections feature players from 16 of the 24 schools which have competed in the MSFA since the association was formed in 1994. Only four of the charter members — Trinity International (Ill.), Taylor (Ind.), Saint Xavier (Ill.) and Olivet Nazarene — remain as part of the 14-team MSFA. 

Among the 27-member MSFA Midwest all-time team was former ONU standout Ben Richardson. Richardson was named to the team alongside three other defensive backs.  

During his career, Richardson was named a NAIA Honorable Mention All-American (2000) and NAIA First Team All-American (2003). He also earned MSFA Midwest League honors in 2000 and 2003, and was named player of the week in 2003. During the 2000 season he broke the season record for interceptions with six. In addition, he helped the Tigers to the 2000 and 2003 MSFA Midwest League titles, 20 league wins, and a NAIA playoff appearance (2000). 

Overall, Richardson accumulated 250 tackles, 13 interceptions, and 177 return yards in 37 career games for the Tigers. He ranks fifth on the Tigers all-time list in interceptions. Following his career at Olivet, he performed in tryouts for both the Houston Texans and New York Jets. In 2011, Richardson was inducted into the ONU Athletics Hall of Fame.