Reporting Daryl Ruiter
BEREA (92.3 The Fan) - Cleveland Browns rookie running back Trent Richardson has been running with a chip on his shoulder.
After being called “ordinary” by Browns Hall of Famer Jim Brown on draft day, the words have stuck with him – especially after having to recover from a second procedure on his left knee in 6 months.
“I was hurt and I had to fight back and I thought about that every day,” Richardson said. “I fought back to get to this point where I’m at right now.”
He also hopes that the two will be able to put the comments behind them once they meet this weekend.
Brown will be in town for ‘Alumni Weekend’ and the enshrinement of Clarence Scott and Ernie Green into the Browns’ Legends Club.
“Hopefully, that’s the plan,” Richardson said. “I’m pretty sure that he said that for a certain reason and trust me, it has pushed me to where I’m at to this point.”
Richardson, who’s goal is to join Brown in Canton someday, is looking forward to the opportunity to finally shake the Hall of Famer’s hand.
“Just to meet him is an honor,” Richardson said. “He’s always been an icon. He’s somebody I want to have a season like and a career like. Just to meet him and be on the same field means a lot. He played with the old Browns. This is the new Browns. It’s not the same field but it’s the same stuff that he did, so I’m trying to do just as good as him.”
Following an underwhelming debut in week 1 that saw him run for just 39 yards on 19 carries, Richardson is coming off of a spectacular performance – albeit in a loss – against the Bengals.
He ran for 109 yards and his first NFL touchdown – a 32 yard burst and flip into the end zone.
Richardson also turned a basic 5-yard dump off pass into a 23-yard touchdown.
It’s a pretty good time to meet the man and former player that he aspires to become before the Browns host the Bills on Sunday.
“Most definitely,” Richardson said with a smile. “Just going into the game and knowing he’s going to be there now, it raises the stakes up higher. Like I said, it’s going to be an honor just to be on the same field as him. He’s going to be out there watching me and hopefully he’ll give me a few words of wisdom while I’m out there, so I can’t wait to meet him, and I can’t wait to play in front of him.”
Brown was complimentary of Richardson’s effort in Cincinnati earlier this week in comments made to Bill Livingston of the Plain Dealer.
Those quotes escaped Richardson’s eyes but he is appreciative of them.
“I didn’t see that,” Richardson said. “I really don’t pay attention to the papers much. My mom gets that stuff. That’s big coming from him.
“I’m just trying to fill his shoes.”
Richardson is well aware of just how big those shoes are following a visit to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio during the NFL’s rookie symposium.
Beside Brown’s bronze bust, he’s also seen the statistics, record books and film too.
“I’ve seen all of his highlights, most of them,” Richardson said. “He’s a hard runner. Like I said, it’s hard to fill the shoes that Jim Brown had.”
But Richardson is determined to fill them as best as he can.
That’s good news for the “new Browns.”