Razorback fans can debate for days whether or not Little Rock’s War Memorial Stadium is a home game. For senior defensive back Kevin Richardson II, there’s no question it’s a place he’s made plenty of memories, even before he wore a Razorback uniform.
“It’s a little closer to home to him than probably anybody on the team,” said Kevin Richardson Sr.
“I grew up like literally right down the street.” said Richardson II.
Richardson II specifically grew up on Jefferson St.
“Across the highway from War Memorial,” said Richardson II. “I used to go over there all the time. We used to go to the swimming pool, used to go to the zoo all the time, i was like right down the street, it was fun.”
“We come from an area where, a lot of people would say it’s a dangerous place, but it’s a community,” said Airic Hughes. “And so that was a big part of our community was the Razorback games and being able to go and participate it that and just kind of live a different life for a weekend or for a Saturday.”
Richardson II was born in North Little Rock, raised in Little Rock, went to high school in Jacksonville and his parents now live in Sherwood. So to Richardson II his home is a community.
“Central Arkansas is my home,” said Richardson II. “But it’s been different moving around from city to city, but at the same time, I’ve been Central Arkansas located.”
Because of that, Richardson II has a crowd cheering him on anytime he steps on the field.
“It means a lot to have friends that, whether it’s actually here, Little Rock, Fayetteville, wherever they play, they’re always supportive of him,” said his mother, Sanci Richardson.
At Jacksonville, Richardson played all over the field including quarterback, receiver and, of course, defensive back.
“I just wanted to be involved with the game, every single part of it,” said Richardson II. “Whether it was kickoff return, punter, I mean, there was a game in 9th grade, maybe, I kicked a field goal after I ran a kickoff back. I just wanted to be involved in the game in anyway possible and I felt if I needed to do that to help our team win, I was gonna do that.”
While some look at Jacksonville as Little Rock’s little brother, to Richardson II the city helped make him the man he is today.
“Man, they pushed me,” said Richardson II. They showed me that regardless of how good you played, you can still go to the next level in whatever step you take.”
Richardson II still hears from those he grew up with and credits where he is today, not only to his home town, but those who raised him.
“People reach out to me from my hometown, telling me they’re so proud of me,” said Richardson II. “I just look back at it and telling everybody, that’s what my family does. You know, my parents raised me like this, my sisters and brothers motivated me to be what I am.”