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If the Cleveland Browns select running back Trent Richardson tonight, the greatest Browns running back of them all will not be impressed.

Jim Brown said today on ESPN Radio that he doesn’t think Richardson is a great running back who’s going to make a great impact in Cleveland.

“I’m not overwhelmed with it,” Brown said of the idea that the Browns could take Richardson. “The problem is that he’s ordinary. I think he’s ordinary.”

Asked what about him is ordinary, Brown said, “the size, the speed, his moves.”

Asked if any running backs in this year’s draft impress him, Brown said, “Not really. It’s not a good year, obviously.”

Brown also said he wasn’t impressed with Mark Ingram, the Saints’ first-round draft pick last year, and he suggested that if Richardson couldn’t start ahead of Ingram when they both played at Alabama, that means Richardson can’t be better than Ingram.

The 76-year-old Brown, who was Cleveland’s first-round pick in the 1957 NFL draft, said he doesn’t see many impact running backs left in pro football.

“When I watch football today I see a game of quarterbacks,” Brown said. “Protecting quarterbacks, throwing the ball, short passes, long passes, all kinds of passes.”

And in a game of quarterbacks, Brown doesn’t see the point of drafting an ordinary running back.

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  1. jhart615 says: Apr 26, 2012 2:45 PM

    Anybody’s ordinary compared to Jim Brown

  2. suhnum1fan says: Apr 26, 2012 2:46 PM

    JB you were the greatest! Much love

  3. dino2997 says: Apr 26, 2012 2:46 PM

    Jim Brown is just a grouchy old man these days…

  4. jaggedmark says: Apr 26, 2012 2:47 PM

    Jim Brown also thought Barry Sanders was too small and too slow to make an impact.

  5. ezmoover says: Apr 26, 2012 2:47 PM

    Richardson isn’t an ordinary woman beater either…

  6. bangitfootball says: Apr 26, 2012 2:47 PM

    Jim Brown always talked too much. He couldnt carry Trents jockstrap.

  7. nagaswan says: Apr 26, 2012 2:48 PM

    Drafting a RB high is a risky move. You can probably get someone for 1/10th the price who is about as good.

  8. prplpuzzetrz says: Apr 26, 2012 2:48 PM

    Old geezer, even the greats of yesteryear get it wrong from time to time! He will be a beast, can’t wait to watch him play

  9. preventoffense says: Apr 26, 2012 2:48 PM


  10. vonmiller58 says: Apr 26, 2012 2:48 PM

    Great RB but a total doucher when it comes to things he says.

  11. maryannwiththeshakyhands says: Apr 26, 2012 2:49 PM

    Gee Jim you don’t seem bitter at all. Just the fact that the word Cleveland was used in the question posed to you was all it took for the crustiness to come spewing out.

  12. muckfodell says: Apr 26, 2012 2:49 PM

    I hate to say it as a lifelong Browns’ fan, but ole Jim must be senile…

  13. anyslacking says: Apr 26, 2012 2:49 PM

    Hmm well I think the defences Brown once ran through would be far below “ordinary” compared to what Ingram has and will run through. The man is a beast!

  14. 4thquartermagic says: Apr 26, 2012 2:49 PM

    “Ordinary?” Ouch!

    His comment about not being able to stat over Ingram is interesting. Never thought of it like that. Maybe he’s on to something.

  15. jameswestphal says: Apr 26, 2012 2:50 PM

    It was probably a lot easier to look special when everyone you played against was smaller and slower than you, and lineman weighed 205lbs. Thanks for the input though.

  16. anyslacking says: Apr 26, 2012 2:50 PM

    I mean Richardson, not sold on Ingram yet

  17. foreverlsu says: Apr 26, 2012 2:50 PM

    Nothing like a 76 year-old has been trashing a player he knows nothing about. I hope Trent Richardson is motivated to prove the bitter old goat wrong.

    Is Jim Brown impressed with anyone other than himself? Never hear anything positive out of him. Don’t go away mad, Jim just go away!

  18. mvp43 says: Apr 26, 2012 2:50 PM

    How do really feel JB?

  19. drunkenjunk says: Apr 26, 2012 2:51 PM

    dude’s a wife beater and Barry was better.

  20. nineroutsider says: Apr 26, 2012 2:51 PM

    Jim Brown was a complete beast, but he seems fairly sour at his old age. Everyone who makes these comments has a 50/50 chance of being right, but just because Brown was a beast doesn’t mean he has a great eye for talent. We’ve seen that video a few times, Detroit fans know among many others…

  21. Stupid Raiders Fan says: Apr 26, 2012 2:52 PM

    Damn. At first I thought he was just being cranky but I have to agree.

  22. ty46 says: Apr 26, 2012 2:52 PM

    Richardson is overrated and has a low intelligence.

  23. mdpickles says: Apr 26, 2012 2:52 PM

    Jim Brown and Joe Namath have taken too many knocks to the head. These legends don’t realize that by opening their mouths, a whole new generation of NFL fans will recognize them as crotchety old men and not heroes.

  24. arrogantathlete says: Apr 26, 2012 2:52 PM

    When are his concussions going to take their toll so he’ll shut up. Then PFT will talk about how concussion cause him to be in his state and how he needs to sue the nfl.

  25. AlanSaysYo says: Apr 26, 2012 2:53 PM

    I love that Jim Brown isn’t aware enough of his own comments to recognize that making such a damning statement requires more supporting details than “his size, his speed, his moves.”

  26. AlanSaysYo says: Apr 26, 2012 2:53 PM

    “I’m famous and I’mma give you my opinions, and because I’m famous, you should listen to me regardless of my expertise on the subject, and I don’t have to back up anything I feel like uttering.”

  27. yahmule says: Apr 26, 2012 2:53 PM

    Bitter much, washed up, forgotten old man?

  28. suhnum1fan says: Apr 26, 2012 2:54 PM

    Richardson is nothing special…book it

  29. ericadams216 says: Apr 26, 2012 2:54 PM

    Love Jim Brown. Hope he is wrong…

  30. geniusesq says: Apr 26, 2012 2:55 PM

    I don’t think he’s ordinary. But, I agree. Richardson is not as explosive as a Adrian Peterson. He has moves, but they aren’t as sudden as the top backs in the game.

  31. bchapman2011 says: Apr 26, 2012 2:55 PM

    Okay I can buy everything Brown says except when he knocks Richardson’s size. That man is huge and defined. He is so ripped I suspect that he as used steroids or HGH at some point. Either that or just really hard work and good genes.
    I respect Jim Brown because he was a great player but in general I hate when former stars like Brown and Joe Namath critique current NFL teams and players. The game has changed greatly since they last played and they need to understand that.

  32. sb365 says: Apr 26, 2012 2:55 PM

    Jim Brown seems to be a perpetually grumpy old man…as they say, C’mon Man!

  33. justanotherdummy says: Apr 26, 2012 2:56 PM

    What a shame. He has become just an angry bitter old man.

  34. rabiddawg19 says: Apr 26, 2012 2:57 PM

    this coming from the guy who was “advising” little randy lerner on the team, talent, coaches, etc. for a bunch of years. cause that worked out so well… last i checked, talent evaluation wasn’t his strong suit.

    god forbid we draft someone with skills AND character. jim, i have 2 words for you: william. green. or how about maurice & clarett? you talked them up back in the day…great analysis there.

  35. jakek2 says: Apr 26, 2012 2:57 PM

    He makes valid points.

  36. onderin says: Apr 26, 2012 2:57 PM

    Yeah, Jim Brown does seem kind of grouchy in his comments, but it shouldn’t be a surprise. Brown is old school where results spoke louder than than talking heads. Do you really think Brown would be complementary of someone who hasn’t done anything significant in the NFL yet?

  37. bensstinkyfingers says: Apr 26, 2012 2:57 PM

    Go drink your prune juice and change your diaper Jim. You were the greatest RB ever!Be proud of that, and it would be nice to see you support the young guy who may become the face of the Browns franchise instead of being a crotchity old man.

  38. gil310 says: Apr 26, 2012 2:57 PM

    Wow Jim brown is senile and biter don’t hate Jimmy your old what would you know

  39. rackitradio says: Apr 26, 2012 2:57 PM

    Hey Fireball! You thought Ben Richards was ordinary too! We all know how that turned out!

  40. flybirdhaters27 says: Apr 26, 2012 2:58 PM

    Jim Brown is only impressed by Jim Brown. I haven’t been impressed by Jim Brown since “I’m Gonna Get You Sucka!”

  41. captainspaulding22 says: Apr 26, 2012 2:59 PM

    Somebody tell that bitter old man to shut up and die already. Nobody cares what you think Jim, go away.

  42. shaggytoodle says: Apr 26, 2012 2:59 PM

    He must have some serious beef since Holmgren’s front office let him go from his job.

  43. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins says: Apr 26, 2012 3:00 PM

    Jim Brown must have taken some rough concussions in his day.

  44. mlmike25 says: Apr 26, 2012 3:00 PM

    Man, you wife beater commenters kill me.

    Maybe his wife didn’t listen? Ever thought of that???

  45. gmen4life33 says: Apr 26, 2012 3:01 PM

    “Jim Brown also thought Barry Sanders was too small and too slow to make an impact.”

    And he thought Ingram was a waste of a 1st and was right. Yea Brown is a little bit of a hater sometimes, but hes kind of right. In today’s NFL, if you arent a 100% CLEAR game changer in the RB position, you dont deserve a top 5 pick

  46. rickditka says: Apr 26, 2012 3:01 PM

    This just in… Jim Brown is a surly jerk.

  47. chiefsfaninpa says: Apr 26, 2012 3:02 PM

    At least he makes a valid point, Richardson couldn’t beat out Mark Ingram at Alabama. If I was the Justin Blackmon

  48. massappeal12345 says: Apr 26, 2012 3:02 PM

    Why is it that when I think of Jim Brown, it’s in the movie ” Invaders From Mars”. When he was guarding a casino, dressed as an Egyptian.

  49. jluns275 says: Apr 26, 2012 3:03 PM

    I don’t really put much stock in what an old bitter washed up woman beater has to say. Sit down before you break a hip Jim.

  50. johntonioholmes says: Apr 26, 2012 3:04 PM

    Another reason why I’ll always say Barry was better.

    Barry doesn’t have to keep reminding the rest of the world that he was the best running back in his day.

  51. blantoncollier says: Apr 26, 2012 3:06 PM

    Jim Brown is cranky and doesnt want to see his place in NFL history reduced. The Browns have catered to this guy forever, when Holmgren didnt want to give him total access, he got mad and took his ball and went home.

  52. unitedstateoftexas says: Apr 26, 2012 3:08 PM

    Right, Jim, but you forgot to throw in the obligatory “Back in my day….” comparison.

  53. blackqbwhiterb says: Apr 26, 2012 3:09 PM

    I disagree with Brown about Richardson, but the point about today’s NFL being all about QB’s and passing is spot on…….I wonder at what point the ground game will come back into vogue??
    Will we never again see teams trying to control the ball and clock on a regular basis as an offensive philosophy, not just to run out the last 5 minutes with a lead? I’d love to see my team run about 35-40 times per game, and I bet they’d win a lot more if they did. They won’t though……..

  54. piglesias20 says: Apr 26, 2012 3:10 PM

    Jim Brown was a beast in his day but the the game is nothing like it was when he payed. Jim you have no right to say who is ordinary or not. You can say “I am not sold yet because I want the best for my Browns…or 1,000 other things. Trent Richardson will be a Brown tonight by 8:30pm or he will go at #3 if a trade happens. College football doesn’t always start the best player. Mark was older. Mark earned he time as a senior believe me Trent could have started at any other college.

  55. 202folife says: Apr 26, 2012 3:11 PM

    Even at 76 Jim Brown could kick 95% of y’all a$$es right now. That man was an absolute beast in his day.

  56. captainspaulding22 says: Apr 26, 2012 3:12 PM

    Hey Jim, you had average speed and no moves. The only thing you really had going for you was that you were bigger than everyone else.

    There is nothing ordinary about a RB who benches over 500 lbs and squats over 600 lbs. Richardson will physically punish defenders much like you did, Jim. I hope the Browns give him your number you bitter old bag of bones.

  57. jgrange says: Apr 26, 2012 3:12 PM

    Was he asked this question or did he just bring this topic up? A lot of people are assuming the latter here as PFT laid it out for you to discuss and they’re using a little controversy for traffic. You guys bit. hell, even I did. However, I read what Jim Brown said and I actually agree. I do not think Trent Richardson will be on an All Pro team any time soon as I was not impressed with him in college. Great stats, sure, but he seems to be lacking that something special which is what Jim was getting at.

    He is in more of a position to speak about great running backs over anybody who frequents this website so it’s amusing to think you know it alls know more than him.

  58. jeziyo247 says: Apr 26, 2012 3:13 PM

    I wouldn’t draft a RB at a high round unless he’s gonna carry the heavy load of the offense. Ingram went to the wrong team for success, ask reggie bush. The saints is all about passing, and yet they manage to take 3 Big name RBs, Ricky Williams, bush and ingram, all didn’t fit in their system. Trent would be a beast in the browns system hell Peyton hillis dominated the run and he’s nowhere near as fast and mobile as Trent. Two, it gives colt mccoy a reliable RB who can also catch the ball, if the browns play their cards right, they could get a solid RB, WR, and pass protection early in the draft. I wouldn’t take weeden in the second, I think he’ll be there in the third round.

  59. bison4me says: Apr 26, 2012 3:14 PM

    bangitfootball says: Apr 26, 2012 2:47 PM

    Jim Brown always talked too much. He couldnt carry Trents jockstrap.
    While I find Jim Brown’s statements rather harsh and don’t agree with them, I believe you need to watch some game film on Jim Brown immediately.

  60. brasho says: Apr 26, 2012 3:14 PM

    When the old man is right, he’s right. Richardson is a pretty good player… but it wasn’t that long ago that Reggie Bush, Cedric Benson, Ronnie Brown, and Cadillac Williams were top 5 RBs considered “Can’t Miss Prospects” and each of them missed big-time.

    Considering Richardson’s speed is about average, he’s been dinged up during his short college career…oh, and he’s a RUNNING BACK, there’s no way he SHOULD go in the top 10. Whomever is stupid enough to draft him to 5, deserves to be picking there for the next 10 years… I just hope it isn’t the Bucs.

  61. ajgreenhof says: Apr 26, 2012 3:15 PM

    He sounds just like he looks on the sidelines…a pissy old man.

  62. jasleach says: Apr 26, 2012 3:16 PM

    Jim Brown was a first class running back and IS a first class dip sh*t

  63. supergruby says: Apr 26, 2012 3:17 PM

    I care what Jim Brown thinks about the Browns about as much as I care what Joe Namath thinks about the Jets and Fran Tarkenton thinks about the Vikings.

  64. dg82 says: Apr 26, 2012 3:18 PM

    Jim Brown does not know anything about talent anymore. A few years ago, Jim supported Maurice Clarrett. Trent Richardson may turn out to be ordinary, but he has to be worlds better than Clarrett.

  65. lew24 says: Apr 26, 2012 3:19 PM

    The game has changed. RBs are not as important as they use to be!

  66. biggestredmiami says: Apr 26, 2012 3:20 PM

    Jim Brown would be Laurence Maroney in today’s NFL.

  67. howiehandles says: Apr 26, 2012 3:21 PM

    “Jim Brown always talked too much. He couldnt carry Trents jockstrap”

    You do realize that football existed before 1999, right?

    Brown is a curmudgeon, but he was the definition of a beast at RB.

  68. crashlion says: Apr 26, 2012 3:22 PM

    I’m not impressed that Jim Brown isn’t impressed.

  69. luckynumberlucas says: Apr 26, 2012 3:24 PM

    He is right, though.

    Richardson is nothing special.

    Yeah, he used to run over college kids, mainly DBs, but the NFL is different, all those guys are machines, he won’t run them over as easily as he did when he was at Bama, he won’t beat anybody with his quickness or raw speed and the success of pure power backs in the NFL is marginal.

    I can see him having success against teams who play a lot of nickel and dime packages, but unfortunately, he might go to the AFC North, where its all about pressure defense, he will constantly face 8 man boxes paired with a sloppy line, this doesn’t seem to be a good fit.

    Browns, take Blackmon.

  70. rexryanschoolofpodiatry says: Apr 26, 2012 3:24 PM

    If Jim Brown played against today’s players he wouldn’t have put up the numbers he did. He played against guys who worked part time jobs in the offseason!!!! He obviously is full of himself and thinks he is great but really he just benefited from playing against inferior talent.

  71. dryzzt23 says: Apr 26, 2012 3:25 PM

    Jim Brown is right.

    Emmitt Smith, wholly unimpressive and only produced behind the best OL in NFL history

  72. jebdamone says: Apr 26, 2012 3:28 PM

    i don’t watch a ton of college football but didn’t trent richardson run for over 200 yards and 3 Tds in the two games that ingram sat out?
    i think he is a better back than ingram and probably a big part of why ingram kept the starting job is that he was the previous years Heisman trophy winner and was also very good…nothing to do with how good richardson was.
    i haven’t watched him a whole lot but richardsons speed, strength and especially his cuts were impressive to me.

  73. mrjay37 says: Apr 26, 2012 3:29 PM

    he doesn’t have moves he must not have saw the highlights from last season….particularly the ole miss game that juke move he put on that DB was nasty…I’m sure they will play it tonite….plus the year after Ingram won the heisman he was hurt most the year and Trent took up the slack

  74. southpaw2k says: Apr 26, 2012 3:30 PM

    Jim was right that football is much more about the quarterback today than ever in years past, but that, ironically, is exactly why he isn’t looking at Richardson with the correctly-colored lenses. He’s comparing Richardson to what running backs did 50 years ago, and that isn’t anything close to fairly evaluating his talents properly. Does he also think that Adrian Peterson or Ray Rice aren’t anything special? Is he unimpressed with what Chris Johnson has achieved in the league so far? Does he think the last truly dominant running back was Barry Sanders?

    Jim Brown was one of the greatest athletes to have ever played the game of football, and this comes from someone who is young enough to be his grandson. But he’s completely wrong about claiming Richardson doesn’t possess the speed or moves needed to be a successful running back.

  75. dvdman123 says: Apr 26, 2012 3:32 PM

    Jim Brown also thinks Rodgers, Brees and Brady are ordinary QBs……enough said.

  76. Adam Tabaka says: Apr 26, 2012 3:35 PM

    What exactly is Jim Brown impressed by? (himself excluded)

  77. Miles B. says: Apr 26, 2012 3:36 PM


    JB is funny (and sad).

    But even funnier, is the fact that Any & Every thing on here gets thumbs down.

    Seriously, someone said “Word” and got dislikes.

  78. mrstinkypants says: Apr 26, 2012 3:38 PM

    Listen up Cleveland! Let him go to the Pats!

  79. largent80 says: Apr 26, 2012 3:40 PM

    Easy there, cupcake.

  80. bingocostello says: Apr 26, 2012 3:41 PM

    Bitter racist wife beater means democrat!

  81. threedeep1998 says: Apr 26, 2012 3:41 PM

    Wonder what he thinks of run heavy teams with RBs like AP, Turner, and Lynch?

  82. 1historian says: Apr 26, 2012 3:42 PM

    muckfodell – your 2:49 that old Jim must be senile – would you like to say that to him face to face?

  83. 1historian says: Apr 26, 2012 3:48 PM

    Jim Brown was without doubt the biggest baddest and best running back ever – 9 seasons, 8 of them he went over 1,000 yards, and that was in a 12 game season.

    He averaged 5.2 yards for his career – about a yard more than ANYONE in the history of the league.

    The argument could be made that he was the best football player ever.

    He went out on top while he was still the best. When he was playing racism was still a part of the game, but NOONE messed with him.

    He is 76, he’s been there and done that and he has earned the right to say whatever he damn well pleases.

    If you disagree with him, fine – but if you don’t give him the respect he has earned MANY times over you say more about yourself than him.

  84. pftcensorssuck says: Apr 26, 2012 3:48 PM

    mlmike25 says:Apr 26, 2012 3:00 PM

    Man, you wife beater commenters kill me.

    Maybe his wife didn’t listen? Ever thought of that???
    Oh…. that’s different. Smacking a woman around for not listening to you is an entirely different story.


    That said, while Brown does come across as a bitter old man, too many of you under-50 kids have no idea what an absolute BEAST dude was on the field in his day.

    Barry and Walter ran AROUND you. JB ran THROUGH you.

    Know before you talk, youngsters.

  85. eazyduzit413 says: Apr 26, 2012 3:52 PM

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion but I have to question why he felt it was appropriate to call a 20-21 year old kid that probably respects/admires who Jim Brown was as a player, an ordinary player. Trent Richardson didn’t start over Mark Ingram because Ingram was an upper classman who by the way won the heisman trophy. Richardson did however split carries with a heisman trophy winning running back in just his sophmore season. Then followed that up with his own heisman trophy worthy season. That says a lot about Richardson’s talent.

  86. skinstidecubsfan says: Apr 26, 2012 3:59 PM

    as much as i respect jim brown,he’s just an old bitter man that made it in the NFL before they were paid mega-salaries,and that has made him a bitter ole man!

  87. rcali says: Apr 26, 2012 4:02 PM

    Thank God McShea or Kiper didn’t say this. ESPN would have had to fire him right before the draft started.

  88. khmer379 says: Apr 26, 2012 4:10 PM

    But Jim brown love AP so Adrian Peterson>Trent Richardson

  89. jagsfanugh says: Apr 26, 2012 4:11 PM

    I guess he failed to see MJD last year. Come on the QB stank up the field and MoJo was the only threat and still won the rushing title. That is impressive considering how pathetic the passing offense was.

  90. mykl954 says: Apr 26, 2012 4:15 PM

    It’s not the first over-achiever he’s dumped on including Tiger in his prime.

    Since everything’s relative, I guess being a grumpy old man living in the past is alright so long as it no longer includes battering and harassing wives and throwing other women off apartment balconies.

  91. camsfakesmile says: Apr 26, 2012 4:16 PM

    For all you who think you’re a better at evaluating RB talent than old man Jim Brown, you’re dreaming. Trent is fast, powerful, but most importantly he is stiff. Not much wiggle in his game. He won’t be trucking any NFL defenders.I guess most of you will have to wait until Sundays to see it.

  92. kevinfromphilly says: Apr 26, 2012 4:20 PM

    The ’73 Dolphins think Jim Brown is a bitter old man, living in the past.

  93. randomcommenter says: Apr 26, 2012 4:24 PM

    Brown is correct. Watch richardsons film and you see a guy running through lots of gaping holes. He was a tough runner in college but you can’t make a living being a battering ram in the nfl.

    I question his ability to make nfl players miss. He’s not very shifty. He reminds me of Eddie George. He’ll be a good player, but a game breaker? I don’t know about that.

    You don’t draft a workhorse in the top 5. You could have picked up a guy like mike Tolbert or just kept Hillis for that.

  94. sasquash20 says: Apr 26, 2012 4:25 PM

    I think TR is going to be a good RB but I do think he is overrated. His numbers are right in line with Ingram’s heisman year. Both had solid O-Lines. I think both will be good RBs just not great RBs

  95. sasquash20 says: Apr 26, 2012 4:27 PM

    I totally agree that MJD is far and away the best RB in the NFL right now. That team was horrible last season and I don’t think any other back in the NFL could have done what MJD did.

  96. jjmaddog says: Apr 26, 2012 4:59 PM

    Well Jim, it was Jerome Harrison that broke your single game rushing record. Uh, wasn’t he the guy with the brain tumor?

  97. commandercornpone says: Apr 26, 2012 5:04 PM

    but to really be great, jim, doesnt trent need to go rough up some hos?

  98. randygnyc says: Apr 26, 2012 5:06 PM

    I’m not going to comment on JB analysis. Its not important whether he’s right or wrong.

    The point I want to make is, JB wouldn’t last 5 minutes in this league. A consequence of this passing league now is the size, speed and athleticism of defensive lineman. Today, JB would be, um, ordinary.

  99. txraiderfan says: Apr 26, 2012 5:14 PM

    Had he played in the NFL today, JB would look very ordinary.
    BTW- What kind of numbers did his backup post when Brown retired?

  100. nard100 says: Apr 26, 2012 5:15 PM

    You have to give the man his due. He was right about Mark Ingram. He was on my fantasy team last season. It was painful.

  101. melikefootball says: Apr 26, 2012 5:15 PM

    Wait, isn’t Jim’s….. Browns in Baltimore now?

  102. remziz4 says: Apr 26, 2012 5:23 PM

    Ordinary size? Have you seen those legs??

  103. blueglaze says: Apr 26, 2012 5:33 PM

    Naw … This is ridiculous… You have a man who can bench 475lbs (at 21 yrs old)and keep at 4.3-4.4 speed…. Ummm human wrecking ball anyone? And whoever that was who said he had gapping whole to run through… Tell that to any SEC defense. Oh and I don’t have to watch tape… I’m a gator fan, but have watched every game Richardson played at Bama… He’s smash mouth and finesse all wrapped up into one package…the nation will soon find out.

  104. jluns275 says: Apr 26, 2012 5:37 PM

    For the most part, I think the NFL has reached the point where virtually NO RB is worthy of a 1st round pick.
    Sure, Adrian Peterson is a beast, but tends to get injured alot, perhaps in part due to his physical style of running. Ditto Darren McFadden.
    More importantly, it doesn’t seem to be a whole lot different for smaller, more elusive scat back style RBs. I think most would consider Jamaal Charles a top 10 or 15 RB. I don’t think he’s ever ran anybody over, his background as a track star at University of Texas has served him well as he’s ran around &/or away from the fastest DBs in the game. He visibly shies away from excessive/unnecessary contact (wisely), but still has missed as many games as Peterson due to knee & shoulder problems.
    No coach or GM wants to have too much invested in 1 guy (besides QB) to leave his team high & dry in the event of an injury, suspension, or holdout.
    RB by committee is the wave of the future, like it or not.

  105. blueglaze says: Apr 26, 2012 5:39 PM

    @randomcommentor…. Ummm Richardson is 5’11” 224lbs and fresh out of college. Eddie George was 6’3″ 235lbs at his peak…. No comparison what so ever! And look up last years ole miss/bama game and see if you still think he is not “shifty”. He will be a pocket Jane Harrison…. Only a RB…. And possibly stronger since the University wouldn’t allow him to bench past 475lbs…. Just sayin

  106. widogg says: Apr 26, 2012 6:08 PM

    I like grouchy old men.

  107. kodakinvegas says: Apr 26, 2012 6:15 PM

    I watched the man carry two three hackneys at a time 10-20 yards time and again. 1800 yards in a 9 game season before they were blocking for black running backs. He’s right, Richardson is ordinary compared to him. He MADE football. What a player. A thousand stories. “Give me the ball coach, and get the blockers outa my way. The guy was like a freight train. Much LOVE JB. WE LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU. GOD BLESS YOU AND THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES. You ate to football what Ali is to boxing, Babe Ruth to baseball. You’ll never be forgotten.

  108. blueglaze says: Apr 26, 2012 6:24 PM


  109. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 26, 2012 6:50 PM

    afterwards, jim told the kids in his neighborhood to stay off his lawn!!!!

  110. hijackthemic says: Apr 26, 2012 7:22 PM

    How come Jim Brown knows more than anybody in the Brown’s front office? He’s entitled to his professional opinion about Richardson, but his observation about modern football being a game about passing is beyond debate. It’s unlikely Richardson will add many wins to the column for Cleveland, no matter how talented he is, and picking him so early in the draft (trading up to pick him so early in the draft!) is a mistake.

  111. blogrookie3 says: Apr 26, 2012 7:42 PM

    He hasnt even played a down yet… Brown is fueling Trents fire right now. Cant wait to see him play!

  112. miguel3557 says: Apr 26, 2012 8:57 PM

    Jim Brown was truly great. He was like a man playing with boys, leading the league in rushing virtually every season he played. It always took more than one tackler to bring him down. He retired too soon, after only about 9 years, and the yardage he gained during those 9 years was only surpassed many years later.

    Despite how great he was, he’s always been a self-congratulatory snot, lacking any class or grace off the field whatsoever. He always seems to be pissed off for no reason.

  113. kodakinvegas says: Apr 26, 2012 10:09 PM

    TX raiderfan, To answer your question Leroy Kelly was his back up and over , 1,000 ids nearly every season till his last couple years. Kelly was good, but was no Jim Brown for sure. After Kelly left scat back Gregg Pruitt came in and because of him the NFL banned Tear away jerseys, he wasnt big, but could get through a hole made for a mouse and GONE. That was pretty much the end of the GLORY days for the browns after that. By then they had joined the AFC/NFC into one league and Modell ruined the Browns after he fired coach Paul Brown who later coached Cincinnati Bengals and the Brown family now pretty much owns. By the way, the Cleveland Browns were the Rams and then named after Coach PAUL BROWN. Spent many a COLD day in that lake front stadium with 30-40 mph winds off the lake. Loved every one of them. Modell really screwed Cleveland but they sued him (Cleveland) for the rights to the name and the ne Browns just haven’t gotten it together yet. Been nearly 35 years since I’ve been in Cleveland but still keep half an eye on them. Guess I always will thanks for letting me share the memories

  114. bartpkelly says: Apr 27, 2012 5:52 AM

    If Jim Brown was ‘the greatest’ then how come Leroy Kelly came in after he left and led the league in rushing?
    I think Leroy Kelly may think Jim Brown was ‘ordinary’ if he can do the same thing Jim Brown did.

    Browns O-Line must have been a huge part of J.B.’s success….

  115. howlingmoose says: Apr 27, 2012 5:27 PM

    A perfect example of “post-field concussion syndrome…” – the only thing JB has ever been impressed with is himself…humility isn’t in his repetoire. Personally, I have always thought Gale Sayers was the best back…EVER!

  116. Deb says: Apr 27, 2012 9:47 PM

    I respect Brown’s career tremendously. But I’ve never had much use for Brown.

  117. Deb says: Apr 27, 2012 9:54 PM

    I’m a lifelong Bama fan and a diehard Steeler fan. Although I wish the best for them all, it hurts to see three top Tide players (Dre Kirkpatrick, Courtney Upshaw, and Trent) go to our AFCN rivals. But only one of those picks really worries me in terms of what Pittsburgh will face on the field: Richardson. He really is an extraordinary, powerful back, and he’ll play his heart out.

  118. tatum064 says: Apr 30, 2012 1:27 AM

    dino2997 says:
    Apr 26, 2012 2:46 PM
    Jim Brown is just a grouchy old man these days…


    He has reason to be. Seeing the game he loved turned into a gossiping, two-hand touch, flag laden, arm bar tackling specialists driven league. Seeing the decline of the mental state of athletes who make four times what he made, yet end up broke or homeless at the end of their career.

    He is an American original. He and Muhammed Ali were the last of the great champions of sport, justice and human dignity. We shall never see their likes again, and it was a grand time when Gods once walked the earth.

  119. tatum064 says: Apr 30, 2012 1:32 AM

    1historian says:
    Apr 26, 2012 3:48 PM
    Jim Brown was without doubt the biggest baddest and best running back ever – 9 seasons, 8 of them he went over 1,000 yards, and that was in a 12 game season.

    He averaged 5.2 yards for his career – about a yard more than ANYONE in the history of the league.

    The argument could be made that he was the best football player ever.

    He went out on top while he was still the best. When he was playing racism was still a part of the game, but NOONE messed with him.

    He is 76, he’s been there and done that and he has earned the right to say whatever he damn well pleases.

    If you disagree with him, fine – but if you don’t give him the respect he has earned MANY times over you say more about yourself than him.


    AMEN. And he retired to become a movie star, and was the definition of man. A lot of cowards, mentally weak, passionless people, and if they do speak their minds politically, they are told to shut up and play football.

    The league was a better one for having guys like him and the old school that wanted economic equality and justice for all. The comments here indicate an ignorance that is obscene, sad, but understandable.

  120. howlingmoose says: Apr 30, 2012 7:32 AM

    …well, when the argument can’t be upheld legitimately, someone throws the race card – pathetic. Mr. Brown recived his accolades…he’s been revered for his accomplishments for decades. But he’s also become well known for his embittered and occasionally belligerant caustic commentary…still being accorded more grace then most people would have received in similar circumstances. Humility is rewarded with respect and admiration…and is not, at present, a reward Mr. Brown chooses to cloth himself in. Give me Sayers….

  121. steeelfann says: May 1, 2012 11:14 AM

    Jim, I loved you on Devil’s Island. But c’mon, ya gotta say Richardson is a bit better than “ordinary”, no? What was Raquel like?

  122. chitownbullet says: May 1, 2012 8:50 PM

    Richardson won’t last long his legs are too bowed and that puts an extraordinary amount of pressure on his knees. He’ll be done in 3yrs.

  123. karlton3 says: Jan 8, 2015 12:45 PM

    Jim Brown laughs last.


  124. godofwine330 says: Jan 8, 2015 1:34 PM

    Everyone at the time said that it was sour grapes, the same thing they said about Bernie Kosar when he recently spoke out against the losing culture who called it, “a complete recipe for disaster.” Maybe these legends know what they are talking about. The Factory of Sadness continues. Jim Brown has the last laugh.

  125. bigdaddylipscomb says: Jan 8, 2015 2:14 PM

    People should listen more when Jim Brown talks RBs. The man apparently knows a thing or two.

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