Running back Trent Richardson, whom the Browns drafted third overall on Thursday night, held his introductory news conference this afternoon. Here are some of the highlights:
What was your reaction to being picked?: ďJust to let you know how Iím feeling, I havenít been able to sleep. Iím just so excited to be here. I love the feeling and all the great running backs that came from here and to try to follow in their footsteps and make a name for myself is gonna be big. ... Iíve got a lot of respect to prove and Iíve got a lot to prove. Itís gonna be a challenge for me.Ē
What makes you a good pass blocker?:†ďAll my brothers were bigger than me, so I had to do something and make sure they stopped beating up on me all the time. Pass blocking, it just comes natural for me. Thatís the fast way to put yourself on the bench when you donít block anybody. I want to be an every-down back. So when it comes down to it, if they need me on third down to block somebody or on second down to block somebody and even on fourth down to be in the game, for special teams, whatever it takes. Ö I donít want to leave the field. I want to be one of those guys thatís always gonna have his name remembered in the National Football League.Ē
What has Alabama coach Nick Saban told you about Cleveland?: ďHe said youíre gonna love the community and the fans are gonna be similar to Alabama fans. They love the town and they love football team. Youíre gonna love just being around the atmosphere. Itís gonna be a lot like home. When youíre talking about college football, he said itís probably the closest place youíre gonna get to when the atmosphere is like college football. Thatís what Iím used to and thatís what I love. Thatís why I love to play this game.Ē
Did you know you were the guy for the Browns and how did you feel when they traded up to the No. 3 pick to take you?: ďWhen I saw them trade up, I kind of sensed it. That feeling right then when I got that phone call it was unbelievable Ďcause Iíve been through some stuff and my familyís been through some stuff. My little girls donít have to go through the struggle Iíve been through growing up and donít have to see their dad or their mom work two or three jobs like I did. My momís a cancer patient. She fights that every day, and sheís a strong woman. My mom has done a lot as far as taking in kids thatís not hers, getting custody of them, my cousins and she keeps us all together and she keeps our family strong. She disciplines us today. Thatís a real mom for you. She was a mom and a dad to us. When it comes down to it, when I got that phone call, I looked at my mom and I said, ĎMom, weíre gonna be in Ohio.í When I told her about the trade she said, ĎYou sure weíre gonna be there?í Sheís making sure. Donít want to get our hopes up too high because somebody else could have been taking somebody else at the third pick. Before I left here [during my pre-draft visit], they said that Ďyouíre our guy.í In my head, it was like, ĎOK. They really want me and they believe in me.í And Iíve gotta make sure I go do something to be an outstanding player and make sure I be myself at the same time and make sure that I can be that guy they can always depend on putting his team on his back when it comes down to it in the trenches.Ē
Do you have a relationship like with Emmitt Smith and did you look up to him because you're from the same city and high school?: ďMost definitely. Being from the same hometown and from the same school, you have no choice. He was a Gator and I was Gator in high school, and thatís all you know. The first thing when people say something about Pensacola, [Fla.], is ĎOh, youíve got Emmitt Smith from there.í He represents us good when it comes to playing football. Our relationship is pretty strong. He always tells me, ĎAnything you need, like conversation wise or any advice, make sure you come and talk to me and make sure you use me as much as you can.í That dude there, heís tremendous when it comes to knowing this game of football and just being in a relationship with people.Ē
Can you make an Immediate impact as a rookie?: ďMost definitely. Thatís the plan and thatís my standards that Iím gonna set. When it comes down to it, I know this town here, this community, I know they expect the same thing, and I wouldnít be here if they didnít expect the same thing. So when it comes down to it, Iím here to try to better the team. We want to win. Everybody wants to win.Ē
What do you think about people comparing you to running backs such as Ray Rice, Maurice Jones-Drew and Emmitt Smith?: ďWell, you know you hear comparisons, and no Iím not near one of those guys. Those guys have done a lot of great things in life, especially with the football in their hands. But I can be one of those guys that you can mention my name with that type of back or be the Emmitt Smith type back or the Marshall Faulk, all those great guys, even the great Jim Brown. Like I said, thereís only one thing you can take to the grave with you, and thatís your last name. And how your name is remembered, thatís on you. Thatís gonna be on me, how I have my name remembered. Ö Whatever I do on that field, thatís gonna be on me. And how hard I work, thatís gonna be on me. When it comes down to it, Iíve got two little [daughters] that gotta eat and gotta have smiles on their face. And I canít let no man take no meal from my little girls.Ē
What injuries did you have to overcome when you were in high school?: ďMy freshman and sophomore years I didnít play football due to injury. I had two screws [put] in both my ankles, and I didnít know where was my life was going. I had my first child when I was a sophomore in high school. So it was either going to be I hang out with the wrong crowd, which I wasnít raised that way, and try to get fast money or I could go make something out of myself, be a grown man and handle my responsibilities. I stood up to the plate, and my little girls are happy now. ... A guy like me that almost gave up and me fighting back due to injuries and due to having kids in high school, that's big 'cause I†was a child trying to raise a child. I'm not telling nobody to go out there and have kids early, but that did really humble me and grounded me and made me realize, 'Hey, you've gotta do something that can change your kids' life and your mom's life and do well for your family.'"
What was wrong with your ankles?: "I†had two [injured] ligaments in my ankles."
How did that happen?: "Just running sideline to sideline in a Wing-T [offense]. I guess I†was overdeveloped. I†didn't grow into my bones yet. I was a big kid. I have no problem with [my ankles] now. I've never had a problem with my ankles since I†had those problems. As a matter of fact, I†got faster, and I got stronger, too. I'm here today in your face, and I'm a Cleveland Brown."