Chicago Bears fans who watched the “Super Bowl Shuffle” will surely remember Mike Richardson.
A ball-hawking defensive back who played multiple seasons for the Chicago Bears, Richardson impressed on the field and on the microphone. A powerful Bears defense already featuring the likes of linebacker Mike Singletary and defensive lineman William Perry benefited from Richardson’s presence in the 1980s.
Richardson has dealt with numerous legal problems since retiring from the NFL. Now, the 59-year-old Richardson has been arrested on a second-degree murder charge in Arizona.
Mike Richardson played a key role on the 1985 Chicago Bears
Originally from Compton, Calif. Mike Richardson starred at Arizona State after leaving home behind.
The Chicago Bears invested a second-round pick on Richardson, an athletic defensive back, in 1983. Richardson spent six seasons with the Bears, snagging 20 interceptions — and returning one for a 90-yard touchdown in 1985 — in 88 games and 80 starts.
Richardson earned second-team All-Pro honors after the 1986 season, a campaign where he snagged seven interceptions.
A capable postseason player, Richardson grabbed three interceptions and recovered a fumble in nine career playoff games. Richardson played his final season with the San Francisco 49ers in 1989.
Richardson starred in the ‘Super Bowl Shuffle’
Mike Richardson grabbed four interceptions for the Chicago Bears in 1985, starting 14 games for one of the greatest teams in NFL history.
In addition to winning a Super Bowl ring, Richardson played a major role in the infamous “Super Bowl Shuffle” rap. Richardson took the microphone at one point and rapped a lyric that some Bears fans may still quote to this day.
“I’m L.A. Mike and I play it cool, they don’t sneak by me because I’m no fool.”
The “Super Bowl Shuffle” is one of the most iconic media pieces in NFL history. The song peaked at No. 41 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group.
Prince’s song, “Kiss,” beat out the “Super Bowl Shuffle.” Ironically, Prince performed the halftime show at Super Bowl 41, the next time the Chicago Bears made the Big Game.
Mike Richardson was just arrested for second-degree murder
Mike Richardson has had multiple, severe legal problems since he left the NFL.
According to a 2010 story from ESPN, Richardson had 21 convictions on drug-related charges and committed five felonies in 16 years. Phoenix police arrested Richardson for alleged drug possession twice in 2020.
Richardson’s newest legal issues go beyond drugs. Phoenix police arrested Richardson on Wednesday, December 30, on a second-degree murder charge.
According to KNXV in Arizona, Richardson is allegedly connected to the shooting of Ronald Like, a 47-year-old man who died on Tuesday, December 29.
Maricopa County (Az.) jail records show that Richardson is being held without bond on charges of murder, possession of a weapon by a prohibited person and possession of a dangerous drug for sale.
Richardson is scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday, January 6.