Reporting Daryl Ruiter
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – Cleveland Browns rookie Trent Richardson has no plans of being an “ordinary” running back.
That’s what Browns Hall of Famer Jim Brown called Richardson on draft day before Cleveland traded up 1 spot to select him with the No. 3 overall pick.
Those comments still reverberate and will continue to do so until Richardson is able to take the field and prove Brown wrong.
“I laugh at the situation and in my head that means I’ve got a lot of work to do,” Richardson said. “I don’t dislike Jim Brown for the comments. He’s just pushing me to the limit and making sure I’m going to work and making sure that he’s going to get everything he can out of me.”
Instead of being angry or offended at being called “ordinary” by Brown, Richardson is looking forward to the day he gets to meet and shake Brown’s hand.
“He is an icon and a legend,” Richardson said. “It’d be (an honor) for me to just be in his presence. For me, I have a lot of shoes to fill and I have to get on my high horse if I’m going to meet Jim Brown’s expectations.”
Those are hardly shallow words if you ask quarterback Brandon Weeden.
“Trent’s got thick skin,” Weeden said. “It doesn’t matter what anybody says. Trent doesn’t worry about it, I can promise you that.”
Richardson realizes he has a lot to prove and a long way to go to meet his own expectations.
That is to join Brown in the Hall of Fame.
“I know for me, I want to be in the Hall of Fame,” Richardson said. “I want to be one of the most talked-about running backs in the NFL that ever played the game when I get done with my NFL career. I want my name to always be remembered in a good way, not in a dumb way, not in a crazy way. For me, I’m always going to work hard, make sure my standards are set high.”
Saturday, Richardson and the rest of the Browns rookies joined the AFC rookie class at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH and Brown’s bust and display was one of two stops he made a point to make.
Cowboys running back Emmitt Smith was the other stop.
“It makes you strive and work hard and set goals for yourself,” Richardson said. “It’s important to know the history of the game and the icons that came before me.”
After rushing for nearly 1,700 yards and 21 touchdowns in his junior season at Alabama en route to a national title, Richardson isn’t limiting his expectations to just his own personal goals.
He has high hopes for the Browns future.
“Cleveland has never won a Super Bowl and hopefully I can be one of those guys who can be on a Super Bowl team here in Cleveland,” Richardson said. “For me, I’ve got a lot of work to do and I’ve got big shoes to fill. It’s just a lot of motivation.”
If Richardson can lead the Browns to their first ever Super Bowl, that would be extraordinary.
And Brown will most certainly get some company in Canton.