Richardson : “I’m Their Guy”
By Fred Greetham
BEREA, Ohio—Trent Richardson feels it’s his duty to live up to the Browns trading three picks to move up one spot to be able to select him.
“I’m their guy and they wanted me,” Richardson said in a conference call with the Cleveland media. “I want to play for them and help them win.”
Richardson hugged his two little girls before he hugged NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell right after the selection was announced.
“It’s a blessing,” he said.
Richardson said he didn’t know if he’d end up with the Browns until the trade was made.
“Just (finding out) now, for real,” Richardson said. “You hear trade up, trade down but you never know.
“I can’t explain it to you,” he said. “It’s bigger than winning the National Championship. I’m on cloud nine and high on life now.”
Richardson (5-10, 224) rushed for 1679 yards on 283 carries (5.93 avg.) with 21 touchdowns and an average of 129.15 yards per game as a junior in 2011. He had 13 career games of over 100 yards. He rushed for 700 yards on 112 carries (6.25 avg.) with six touchdowns as a backup to Mark Ingram in 2010 with 751 yards on 145 carries (5.18 avg.) and eight touchdowns in 2009 as a freshman.
Richardson said he is confident he will be able to make the transition to the NFL.
“I am pretty confident,” he said. “My game film and the league I played in speaks for itself. You play in the SEC and you have everyone trying to stop you every week.”
Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown called Richardson ‘ordinary’ in a national interview on ESPN radio Thursday.
“I don’t have any reaction to that,” he said. “I have a lot to play for. I have a lot to prove. I don’t listen to anything negative. As a person, I’m an ordinary person, but as a back, I want to be a special back.”
Brown also compared him to Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith, who is currently the all-time leading NFL rusher. Richardson broke most of Smith’s records at Escambia High School in Pensacola, Florida.
“Similar wise, (Smith) was going to give everything he had and I’m willing to man up and do whatever I need to do.”
Richardson is the first running back taken by the Browns in the first round since William Green was selected in 2002. Richardson is the highest running back ever selected by the Browns at number three. Previously, Brown was selected at number six in 1957.
Richardson thinks he can be an every down back as he caught 29 passes for 338 yards (11.66 avg.) and three touchdowns last year.
“As a receiver, I feel I can get out there and catch the ball,” he said. “I’m used to seeing teams coming up in the box.”
Richardson wants to carry on the tradition of great Browns running backs, even though there has been a drought in recent years at the position.
“You know Browns and the history of the Browns and the great running backs.”
Richardson feels he will be a big help to the Browns offense and Colt McCoy.
“Being on that team Colt can help me too,” he said. “I’m pretty sure Colt will help me be better and I will help Colt get better.”
Richardson knows coming to the AFC North and playing the likes of Ray Lewis and Troy Polamalu will be challenging, but he’s looking forward to it.
“It’s going to be a big challenge and those guys are the best and I can’t wait to play them.”