What is ‘Riddick?’
“Riddick” refers to “Riddick Stadium,” N.C. State’s first football home. It opened in 1907, and was named after Wallace Carl Riddick, State’s football coach during the 1898 and 1899 seasons.
What started as a humble field with wooden bleachers grew over the years into a stadium with a fieldhouse and concrete stands. State played football at Riddick until 1965, when Carter Stadium was constructed off campus.
There was no greater player to ever play on Riddick Stadium’s field than Roman Gabriel. At a time when passing games were limited and players were much smaller, Gabriel–at 6’4″ and 235 pounds–threw the ball farther than his competition and overpowered defenders with his size and strength. He went on to become the first Asian-American quarterback in the NFL (the son of a Filipino immigrant) and put together a pro career with the LA Rams and Philadelphia Eagles that many believe entitles him to a spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.