|Born:||August 18, 1944|
Newberry, South Carolina
|Died:||December 23, 2008 64) (aged|
Roxboro, North Carolina
|Height:||7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)|
|College:||North Carolina Central University|
|NFL Draft:||1967 / Round: 10 / Pick: 253|
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Richard Ellis Sligh (August 18, 1944 – December 23, 2008) was an American collegiate and professional American football player who played for the American Football League's Oakland Raiders.
Sligh graduated from Newberry High School in Newberry, South Carolina and played college baseball at North Carolina Central University, where he was on Dean's List, for high academic achievement, as well as having a Biology Major and Chemistry Minor from 1962 to 1966.
He was chosen in the 10th round of the 1967 NFL/AFL Draft as a defensive tackle.
During his time in the league he played in a total of eight games. Sligh was a reserve for the Oakland Raiders in Super Bowl II, when the Raiders fell to the Green Bay Packers.In 1968, he was chosen by the expansion Cincinnati Bengals in the AFL Allocation Draft, but he was waived prior to the regular season.
At 7 ft 0 in, Sligh is the tallest player in professional American football history.The next tallest are Matt O'Donnell at 6 ft 11 in, Morris Stroud at 6 ft 10 in, and Dan Skipper at 6 ft 10 in.
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