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Texas A&M legend Bucky Richardson is the focus of our latest Q&A. A native of Baton Rouge, Bucky quarterbacked the Aggies to the 1987 Southwest Conference championship and dominating wins over Notre Dame in the 1988 Cotton Bowl and BYU in the 1990 Holiday Bowl.
Bucky lives in Houston and is a partner at Environmental Improvements, Inc., a company which provides treatment solutions for the water and wastewater markets in Texas and Oklahoma.
How did the skills you developed as an athlete help you in your current profession?
“Growing up playing sports, you quickly learn what it takes to be a part of the team…be a good teammate, the dedication to keep in shape, the ability to do things that you may not want to do that day. You have to do what’s best for the team, and you learn to think about the team and how to think about something that is bigger than me. I think those qualities help you in whatever you decide to do.”
What was the hardest transition for you after school?
“The thing I worried about was finding something that I really enjoyed doing day to day. You’ve been fortunate enough to play sports in college and a few years after college, so it’s like starting a second life and a second career. I was always worried about finding something I can be motivated about. Once you get over that hurdle, everything else seems to take care of itself.”
How would you say the Aggie Network has helped you?
“Everyone is aware of the Aggie Network and Aggies taking care of Aggies. It’s true now in the business world, as long as I’ve been here, and it’s about making relationships in the business community and business setting where there wasn’t a bond or connection before. I think Aggies know what it’s like to go to A&M and what it stands for, the core values, and everything that’s talked about while you’re on campus. And I think there’s a comfort in that, knowing that the guy I’m talking to across the table knows what I’ve been through, and that builds trust.”
What is one bit of advice you’d offer to young athletes?
“I would say to be passionate, do the best you can do, and don’t have any regrets, and things will turn out the way they should. It may not be the way you expect, but they will work out. Work hard and leave it on the field. Invest the time, effort, and energy that it takes and things will work out. Dream big and big things will happen.”
Who was your role model growing up?
“My family, coaches, these were the people that loved and supported me and that I went to talk about things. Those people have always been my role models. Football would be over eventually, and we didn’t just talk about football, we talked about life. Those are the people that I look up to and respect. Life is about more than football.”
What is your greatest memory as an athlete?
“One memory would be hard to say. Looking back, having the opportunity to run out on Kyle Field as many times as I did and play as part of the 12th Man. Texas A&M has been my home. It’s a really great memory for me and I feel very blessed to have been a part of it. I am fortunate to have been given that opportunity.”