General: After struggling with injuries in his career, made his most significant contributions late in his career, mostly in 2005.
2005: Played in four games, including the 2005 Vitalis Sun Bowl ... Totaled two tackles (one solo) and forced a fumble vs. the Bruins ... Finished the year with three tackles.
2004: Injured much of the season and did not see action.
2003: Saw action with NU's scout team.
2002: Did not see action.
High School: A 2001 all-SICA Orange and all-area defensive lineman ... Tabbed the SICA Orange "Best Defensive Lineman" in 2001 ... Totaled 79 tackles, six sacks, eight quarterback hurries, one pass breakup and one blocked kick ... Also recovered a fumble for a touchdown vs. Eisenhower ... Richards went 41-3 overall during his four-year career, including unbeaten and first-place finishes in the SICA Orange all four year ... Bulldogs (13-1) reached the state finals in 2001 before falling to Providence in the Class 6A state championship game ... Missed playing in the state title game after suffering a dislocated kneecap in the state semifinal victory ... Richards advanced to the state quarterfinals his junior year ... Member of school's honor roll (top 15 percent of class) ... Coached by Gary Korhonen.
Personal: Born Ronald Jason Bardwell on 2/14/84 ... Son of Roy Sr. and Jacqueline Bardwell ... Brother, Roy Jr., played defensive end at Illinois ... Chose NU over Illinois and Western Michigan ... Sociology major.
The Bardwell File
Q: A song that best describes you is...
A: Get Me --Twista
Q: If you could dine with anyone from any period in history, who would it be?
Q: If you could have a starring role in any film already made, which movie would you pick?
A: Deuces Wild
Q: If you could choose the title of your autobiography, what would it be?
A: Walking Enigma
Q: What is the greatest lesson in life that you have learned?
A: Take advantage of all the opportunities given to you because they won't come back
Q: If you had to choose the best television show ever made, which one would you pick?
A: It's a tie between The Wayans Bros.& Tom and Jerry.
Q: Something people would be surprised to know about me is...
A: I play the classical piano and jazz trumpet.
Q: My favorite pregame ritual is...
A: Listening to music
Q: The best thing about NU is...
A: The Christian community
Q: The best book I have ever read is...
A: "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelly
Q: My favorite place to visit is...
A: Downtown Chicago near the Shedd Aquarium and Field Museum
Q: The person that inspires me the most is...
A: My father because he reminds me of myself. We both are difficult to get to know, but once someone gets to know us we are
that person they can't live without.
Q: My favorite food is...
Q: If I were not playing football, I would be...
A: A music producer, singer and song writer
Q: When I played football as a kid, I pretended to be...
A: A quarterback
Q: Which current NU football player is the biggest jokester?
A: Barry Cofield
Q: If you could suddenly possess an extraordinary talent in one of the arts, what would you like it to be?
A: I would like to be able to figure skate. Someone my size figure skating would get attention and make a few people laugh.
Bardwell's Career Stats
G UA A Total TFL Yds PD FF FR
2005 4 1 2 3 0.0 0 0 1 0
TOTAL 4 1 2 3 0.0 0 0 1 0