If you’ve ever sat in the bleachers at Woodward Stadium,seen a streaking red jersey with the number one imprinted on it andwondered who the flash was, then wonder no more. Richmond Sandershas played wide receiver for EWU since his freshman year in 2002.Actually, in order to make the best use of his eligibile years, hered-shirted his true freshman year. A 2001 graduate of River RidgeHigh School, in Lacey, Wash., Sanders has been a diamond in therough for the Eastern football team.
And that’s the way he prefers it—with the focus onthe team. Having played football since the seventh grade, he ismaking his best memories this year.
“The cohesiveness that we bring together, how much fun wehave when we play with each other; it’s just a wholedifferent feeling. The team that I’m a part of now isprobably the best I’ve ever been on in terms of teammatesjust going out and playing for each other and playing for thethrill of the game,” said Sanders.
Those are pretty humble comments coming from a player who hasalready scored more touchdowns this year than in his previous twoyears combined. Averaging 14 yards per catch, Sanders has been usedprimarily as a red zone scoring threat. And he delivered by scoringthree touchdowns through the Governor’s Cup game.
Sanders was raised by a mom who played basketball and abaseball-playing father. He had to be convinced by hismiddle-school coach to come out for the team.
“I wasn’t really that interested (in football),because I didn’t like to get hit. He just talked me into it,and I just stuck with it,” Sanders said.
“It’s been a way for me to stay out of trouble. Itkeeps me away from concentrating on other things that are not goodfor my future,” he added.
A business accounting student, Sanders intends to earn his majornext winter and go on to earn his CPA.
“It’s about the team, going out and trying to getthat win every week,” said Sanders.
If the rest of the team is this humble and supportive, thereshould be plenty more wins on the horizon for the Eagles.