Carolina owner may be getting new heart

Posted by ESPN.com's Pat Yasinskas

Reports are very sketchy, but it sounds like Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson may have a new heart.

Charlotte television station WBTV is reporting Richardson had heart transplant surgery at some point Sunday night.

Richardson, 72, was placed on the transplant list about a month ago.

Richardson still stayed active with the team in recent weeks, although he hadn't been feeling well for several months.

Richardson is the only former player to own a team since George Halas, and is credited for helping make Charlotte an NFL city. Team officials have been quiet about Richardson's health, but team spokesman Charlie Dayton said Sunday night the process has started.