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Trent Richardson
Trent-Richardson
Trent Richardson in 2012, as the starting halfback with the NFL's Cleveland Browns
Indianapolis ColtsNo. 34
Running Back
Born: July 10 1991 (1991-07-10) (age 25)
Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida, U.S.
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)Weight: 230 lb (104 kg)
Career Highlights and Awards
High school: Pensacola (FL) Escambia
College: Alabama
Year(s): 2012
Debuted with: Cleveland Browns
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
Professional Teams
Career Stats
2012 Rushing yards/Average     950/3.6 YPC
2012 Rushing TDs     11 TDs
2012 Receiving yards     367 YDS
Career Highlights and Awards
* Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week (Week 2, 2012)


Trent Richardson (born July 10, 1991) is an American football running back for the NFL's Indianapolis Colts. He had to replace former Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram, Jr. as the feature back to start his career at Alabama. The Cleveland Browns selected him with the third overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft,[1] and he was rated as the best running back prospect since Adrian Peterson.[2][3]

On September 18, 2013, he was traded to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for Indianapolis' 2014 1st round pick. With the addition of Richardson, the Colts now have two of the top three picks of the 2012 NFL Draft, including QB Andrew Luck who was selected first overall.

Early yearsEdit

Richardson was born in Pensacola, Florida. He attended Escambia High School in Pensacola, here he finished his senior season with 2,090 yards on 228 carries scoring 25 touchdowns. In a game against Milton High School in September 2008, Richardson rushed for 419 yards on 29 carries and scored six touchdowns, a performance that earned him a selection as the first ESPN RISE National Football Player of the Week.[4]

As a junior, Richardson also reached the 400-yard plateau, as he ran for 407 yards in his opening game against Tate High School. He finished his junior season (8 games) with 1,390 yards and 13 touchdowns, and received FSWA All-State 5A second team honors. He sat out his sophomore year due to an injury.

He made the FSWA 5A All-State First Team as a senior, and was named 5A Florida Player of the Year and a finalist for the 2008 Mr. Football. Richardson also received consensus All-American honors and was named to the Orlando Sentinel′s All Southern Team (Florida).

Richardson is frequently compared to Emmitt Smith, who also starred at Escambia (1987 graduate), but his physique and running style are more similar to Earl Campbell.[5] Richardson also drew comparisons to Michael Turner and O.J. Simpson.[6] Considered a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Richardson was listed as the No. 2 running back prospect in the nation (behind only Bryce Brown).[7] He chose Alabama over Florida, Florida State, and LSU, among others.is career. He is currently a candidate to win the 2011 Heisman Trophy.

Cleveland BrownsEdit

Richardson was selected third overall in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, after they had traded picks with the Minnesota Vikings to prevent the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from doing the same transaction. Richardson was the highest selected running back since Reggie Bush went second overall in 2006. The Browns had not selected a running back in the first round since William Green in 2002. On July 23, Richardson and the Cleveland Browns agreed to a four-year, $20.4 million contract (fully guaranteed) with a $13.6 million signing bonus.[8][9]

On August 9, 2012, Richardson underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove some cartilage fragments in his left knee.[10] Richardson missed the entire preseason, but returned for the season opener. In his debut against the Philadelphia Eagles, he rushed for 39 yards on 19 carries, being limited in his touches after having just come off the disabled list. The following week, in a 24-34 loss against the Cincinnati Bengals, he rushed for 109 yards and a TD on 19 carries. He also had 4 receptions for 36 yards and a receiving TD. He was the first Browns rookie ever to rush for over 100 yards and score rushing and receiving touchdowns all in the same game. During Week 13 against the Kansas City Chiefs, Richardson rushed for 42 yards and 2 TDs, tying Jim Brown's franchise rookie record of 9 touchdowns.

After his rookie season, it was revealed that he had been playing with 2 or 3 broken ribs since Week 6.[11]

2012Edit

On August 9, 2012, Richardson underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove some cartilage fragments in his left knee.[12] Richardson missed the entire preseason, but returned for the season opener. In his debut against the Philadelphia Eagles, he rushed for 39 yards on 19 carries, being limited in his touches after having just come off the disabled list. The following week, in a 24-34 loss against the Cincinnati Bengals, he rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. He also had 4 receptions for 36 yards and a receiving touchdown. He was the first Browns rookie to rush for over 100 yards and score rushing and receiving touchdowns all in the same game. During Week 13 against the Kansas City Chiefs, Richardson rushed for 42 yards and 2 touchdowns, tying Jim Brown's franchise rookie record of 9 touchdowns.

Richardson would only play 2 games for the Browns in 2013. He rushed 105 yards on 31 carries.

Indianapolis ColtsEdit

2013Edit

On September 18, 2013, Richardson was traded to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2014 first-round draft pick.[13] He wears the uniform number 34 for the Indianapolis Colts after wearing number 33 for the Browns. The Colts were looking for a runningback after a season-ending injury to Vick Ballard.

In his first carry as a Colt, Richardson scored a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers.

Personal lifeEdit

Richardson has two daughters: Taliyah, 5, and Elevera, 3.[14] Richardson's first son was born October 5, 2012.[15]

On April 13, 2012, he took leukemia survivor Courtney Alvis to her senior prom at Hueytown High School.[16]


ReferencesEdit

  1. Silva, Evan. After trade up, Browns select Trent Richardson. NBC Sports.
  2. Brooks, Bucky. "Trent Richardson ranks as No. 3 prospect in 2012 NFL Draft", NFL.com, April 4, 2012. 
  3. "Richardson ready to break RB trend", April 5, 2012. Archived from the original on January 25, 2013. 
  4. ESPN RISE's Football Players of the Week, ESPN.com, September 19, 2008, http://sports.espn.go.com/highschool/rise/football/news/story?id=3597081 
  5. Newberg, Jamie (January 27, 2009), Florida headlines final state rankings releases, Rivals.com, http://www.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=905283, "Trent Richardson's combination of tremendous size and speed is similar to that of Earl Campbell. He's definitely a back that will wear defenses down, yet he has breakaway speed." 
  6. "Is Manti Te'o the next Ray Lewis?", ESPN RISE Magazine, April 15, 2009, http://sports.espn.go.com/highschool/rise/football/news/story?id=4017393 
  7. Rivals.com running backs 2009, January 16, 2009, http://rivals100.rivals.com/viewrank.asp?ra_key=2116 
  8. "Trent Richardson signs 4-year contract with Cleveland Browns, 4 years, $20.5 million, $13.3 million signing bonus", July 23, 2012. 
  9. sources-cleveland-browns-sign-trent-richardson-four-year-deal-worth-204-million.
  10. "Trent Richardson to have surgery", ESPN.com, August 9, 2012. 
  11. "Trent Richardson had broken ribs", ESPN.com, December 31, 2012. 
  12. "Trent Richardson to have surgery", ESPN.com, August 9, 2012. 
  13. Rosenthal, Gregg (September 18, 2013). Trent Richardson traded to Colts from Browns for pick. National Football League. Retrieved on September 18, 2013.
  14. "Richardson is ready to be Tide's go-to guy", espn.com, August 15, 2011, http://espn.go.com/blog/ncfnation/post/_/id/44866/richardson-is-ready-to-be-tides-go-to-guy 
  15. "Cleveland Browns' Trent Richardson misses practice to attend birth of 3rd child", clevelandbrowns.com, October 5, 2012, http://www.cleveland.com/browns/index.ssf/2012/10/cleveland_browns_trent_richard_12.html 
  16. Trent Richardson makes Hueytown cancer survivor's prom dream come true

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