Ashton Richardson, of New Orleans, graduated summa cum laude with a degree in animal sciences from Auburn University. As a linebacker for the Auburn Football team, Ashton was named the Male Scholar Athlete of the Year and was selected for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Bobby Bowden Award. He has conducted research on forage conservation strategies using vaccines, equine orthopedic prosthesis, and the connections between human and animal health disparities. Ashton is currently a veterinary student at Texas A&M University and also serves on the Texas Veterinary Medicine Foundation Board of Trustees. He enjoys mentoring children, exercising, and riding horses.