City Sports Report

The Fall From Grace Of Trent Richardson

Trent Richardson wearing his frustration on his face (photo courtesy of Mark J. Rebilas of USA Today)

Entering the 2012 NFL Draft, Trent Richardson was thought to be one of the jewels among the prospects out there. He had speed, quickness, toughness and had hands out of the backfield. He made play after play for Alabama as he helped them win two championships in his three years there. He, along with Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III were all slotted to be great players in the NFL by each and every draft expert. Luck went first to the Colts and has led them to the playoffs each year he has been in Indianapolis. And with every year, his game has grown and he has virtually led the Colts without much help from the running game. RGIII went second to the Washington Redskins. The Redskins gave up a lot to get him thinking he was the answer at quarterback for them. And in his rookie season, Griffin III seemed to be the man to be the guy the Redskins needed to lead them. Griffin would lead them to the playoffs, but get injured in doing so. He would go on to tear up his knee really bad in his first playoff game and RGIII has not been the same ever since. The way it looks at this point, he may not be in DC much longer. As for Richardson, the Browns selected him with the third pick of the 2012 NFL draft and many looked at him as the next great NFL running back. Well, things didn’t necessarily work out for him the way he planned.

Richardson went to Cleveland and he was thought to be a building block for the future of Cleveland football. Along with Brandon Weeden (drafted 22nd in the 2012 NFL Draft), the Browns thought they had their quarterback/running back pairing of the future. It did not start off as well for Weeden in Cleveland, but it did start off well for Richardson. In his time with the Browns, Richardson started off slow. He missed the entire preseason his rookie season but he did return for the season opener. He was largely unimpressive, as he ran for only 39 yards on 19 carries. As the season went on, we would see more of these style of games from him. He would have the attempts, but the yards were not coming at all. It seemed like he did not have the vision some thought he did nor the hands that he displayed at Alabama. He would go on to only have two 100 yard games in his first season in Cleveland. His performance had some concerned in Cleveland and wondered if they had made a mistake in who they drafted. The next season, he would come out the gate slow again and the Browns decided they saw enough of him. And in an unprecedented move, they essentially gave up on Trent Richardson by trading him to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2014 1st round draft pick. Some called them crazy, but it was evident that they had given up on him. And for what all we have seen of Richardson in Indianapolis, the Browns made the right decision.

Richardson has not been what the Colts thought they were acquiring. They knew he may struggle to start with them, but over time they thought he would get it. He started his Colts career with a touchdown against the 49ers, but he was still the same guy that he was in Cleveland. He would miss holes and just never seemed to get on track. Some would blame his offensive line like they did while he was in Cleveland, but when other backs on the roster were having success running behind the same line, then there was no question it was on Richardson. Richardson was eventually passed up for some backs that had less pedigree than he did coming out of college. And as of the first two postseason games, Richardson had not been active. Well, as of recently, it was announced that he was not going to play or make the trip to New England for the AFC title game. It was unlikely he would play and the writing is starting to appear on the wall for his career.

Richardson entered the NFL with so many believing he was a sure thing. And now he will be sitting at home watching his team play. The promise that so many saw in him has turned into a far cry from what we see today. The fall from the heights Richardson reached in college to where he is now has been steep. Hopefully, he has some other plans available for his life after his career because it looks like it all is coming to an end. The career of Richardson so far just goes to show you that nothing in this world is promised and that not everything is a sure thing.

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  1. Steve

    January 18, 2015 at 2:34 pm

    Skipping the walk-thru….not a good sign for him going forward with the Colts or with anyone else.

    • Mike Patton

      January 18, 2015 at 4:25 pm

      Correct Steve. Not a good sign at all.

  2. Jason

    January 18, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    I thought as many dud that he would be a great player…. I really don’t know what happened to him to be with you. He just disappeared.

    • Mike Patton

      January 18, 2015 at 4:26 pm

      Jim Brown had the foresight to see this coming. A lot of us were wrong on him to this point.

  3. Dee Cross

    January 18, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    I thought him being traded to Indianapolis would help his career and most importantly as a colts fan help our run game…but it’s hurt his career…..I think in my opinion he’s a bust….

    • Mike Patton

      January 18, 2015 at 4:25 pm

      I thought the threat of Luck back there at QB would help him when he got traded to Indy personally. Looks like I may be wrong on that one.

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