After a spring and summer spent talking about each other, Trent Richardson and Jim Brown are going to meet Sunday.
And Richardson said he’s looking forward to it.
“Just to meet him is an honor,” Richardson said, via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “He’s always been an icon. He’s always been somebody that you want to have a season like, have a career like. Just to meet him and be on the same field means a lot. He played with the old Browns and I guess we’re the new Browns.
“It’s not the same field but it’s the same stuff that he did, so I’m trying to do it just as good as him.”
It never really was a feud, but there was a lot of verbal pettiness. Brown called Richardson “ordinary.” Richardson suggested he didn’t care what Brown thought. And on and on it went.
Recently, Brown called Richardson’s touchdown “impressive.”
“That’s big coming from him,” Richardson said. “He’s a legend. He holds a lot of records here and I’m just trying to fill his shoes.”
Brown is coming to Sunday’s game to honor former teammate Ernie Green, who is being inducted into the Browns legends class along with Clarence Scott. But Richardson’s hope is that they can bury the hatchet over the “ordinary” remark and move on.
“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. I was hurt and I had to fight back and I thought about that every day.”
With new ownership likely pointing to other changes, getting Brown back on board — with Richardson and the team as a whole — is a step in the right direction the Browns need to take.