- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Former Carolina Panthers assistant coach Richard Williamson, who played and coached under Bear Bryant at Alabama, died late Monday night. He was 74.

Panthers spokesman Charlie Dayton said Richardson’s wife, Norma, informed the team. No cause of death was released.

Williamson coached the Panthers from 1995-2009, working for three different head coaches, mostly as a wide receivers coach. Carolina produced five different 1,000-yard receivers during his tenure.

Williamson played with Joe Namath under Bryant in 1961 and 1962. He later joined the Crimson Tide staff.

Richardson was named interim head coach of the Tampa Buccaneers in 1990 and went 1-2. He was hired the following year as full-time head coach and went 3-13 before being fired.

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