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Jim Brown now claims he just wanted to motivate Trent Richardson

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Remember all those comments from Jim Brown about how Cleveland rookie running back Trent Richardson is “ordinary”? Yeah, Brown says he was just kidding.

Brown, who has been mending fences with the franchise in recent weeks, said today that he made those comments because he wanted to motivate Richardson. Brown also indicated that he thought what he said about Richardson became overblown, comparing his “ordinary” comment to a “firestorm coming out of the mountains.”

After Richardson turned a short catch into a long touchdown and broke several tackles on his way to the end zone on Sunday against the Bengals, Brown said Richardson was impressive. Today Brown added that Richardson has the ability to make plays even if there isn’t a hole to run through.

“Why wouldn’t you love to see a running back make two, three, four or five moves and shed those tacklers?” Brown said. “Because ultimately a running back has to get rid of tacklers without his blockers being a part of it. So I was happy to see him show that kind of talent.”

Apparently Brown thinks his motivational tactic worked.

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39 Responses to “Jim Brown now claims he just wanted to motivate Trent Richardson”
  1. jackblackshairyback says: Sep 21, 2012 12:54 PM

    Of course he said that. he also said he was upset a couple years ago that Holmgren tried to reassign him, because according tohis contract, he answered only to Randy Lerner(now we know who to blame for all those years of ineptitude), in which case he should have been upset with Lerner, not Holmgren. He’s trying to mend fences to get a gig with Haslam.

  2. dtob79 says: Sep 21, 2012 12:55 PM

    He’s full of it. One of the only good things Holmgren has done with the Browns was kicking Jim Brown to the curb.

  3. steelerdynasty2010 says: Sep 21, 2012 12:56 PM

    classic surly-former-star move. nicely executed jim

  4. dldove77 says: Sep 21, 2012 12:56 PM

    Riiiiight.

  5. kingbeason52 says: Sep 21, 2012 12:57 PM

    I saw his interview on the Scott Van Pelt show right after the draft..he was doggin Richardson, claiming he looks average and saying there is nothing special about him..now that he is back tracking after 2 games just makes him look like a tool

  6. schrutebeetfarms says: Sep 21, 2012 12:58 PM

    In a related story, Jim Brown apparently is an idiot.

  7. cooklynn17 says: Sep 21, 2012 12:59 PM

    Put a sock in it Jim…

  8. davikes says: Sep 21, 2012 12:59 PM

    Brown, Tarkenton, and Namath are the three grumpy old men of pro football.

  9. cooklynn17 says: Sep 21, 2012 12:59 PM

    Leave Brittney, I mean my fantasy running back alone.

  10. huskersrock1 says: Sep 21, 2012 1:00 PM

    Brown needs to crawl under a rock, great career, smart, talented man but he has really over stayed his welcome.

  11. kegowhisky says: Sep 21, 2012 1:03 PM

    Motivate? That’s weird, because it sure sounded like he’s afraid Trent Richardson was going to take away all his records. Out of respect for Jim Brown though, I hope they truly are on the same page now.

  12. blacknole08 says: Sep 21, 2012 1:04 PM

    Glad to see that he can back peddle at his age.

  13. playin2x says: Sep 21, 2012 1:08 PM

    Who cares what Jim brown says he wouldn’t have avgd 5+ per carry in today’s time .. Defenders are better, stronger, faster, smarter. He would be “ordinary” in today’s game

  14. bringbackkosar says: Sep 21, 2012 1:09 PM

    Just a grumpy old man now, he makes Namath look smart in comparison.

  15. arrogantnation says: Sep 21, 2012 1:14 PM

    Once Trent has another subpar game, Jimbo will be back at it.

  16. zoxitic says: Sep 21, 2012 1:17 PM

    Man, that is such a brilliant tactic. I can use that for many things in my life.

  17. gaadr says: Sep 21, 2012 1:18 PM

    I loved listening to Sammy Baugh interviews. He was able to relate stories of the NFL era that he played in but he also had such tremendous admiration for the modern-era players and the game of today. That humility from one of the greatest players ever was very endearing. The salty language was funny too.

    I would love it if more of the all-time greats had Baugh’s attitude.

  18. schmitty2 says: Sep 21, 2012 1:23 PM

    Jim Brown has taken the Chris Carter “back peddaling” class and aced it

  19. cuse6468 says: Sep 21, 2012 1:28 PM

    As a SU grad., go away. You do more damage with your constant phoniness.

  20. buddysguys says: Sep 21, 2012 1:29 PM

    Jim Brown thinks this article is ordinary…..

  21. theirishtexan says: Sep 21, 2012 1:29 PM

    Well, isn’t that convenient…

  22. trojan33sc says: Sep 21, 2012 1:31 PM

    dtob79 says:Sep 21, 2012 12:55 PM

    He’s full of it. One of the only good things Holmgren has done with the Browns was kicking Jim Brown to the curb.
    *******************************************
    This theory is ridiculous, it makes as much as much sense as John Fox kicking John Elway to the curb. You don’t disrepect a franchise great taht MADE the franchise !!!

  23. archetypeobscure says: Sep 21, 2012 1:31 PM

    It’s a good line now, but I’m not buying it. Pretty sure he said he was ordinary before the draft.

  24. jtylert says: Sep 21, 2012 1:33 PM

    Thank god Jim Brown is bringing attention to himself. I’d forgotten he said anything.

    Phew.

  25. nflofficeadmin says: Sep 21, 2012 1:33 PM

    Jim, Trent isn’t you. He’s not angry at the world and out to spite everyone.

  26. lilmiddle78 says: Sep 21, 2012 1:34 PM

    Every time I hear people talk about Jim Brown as the greatest RB of all time it gives me a feeling of frustration and confusion!! I’ve seen all the footage from his days in the league and I always thought that HE WAS AVERAGE!!! And now that his playing career is archived and his average acting career is a distant memory, why is it that we have to continue to hear from him soo often?!?! He wasn’t as good as he or anyone else thought he was! In fact, I would have to rank him somewhere behind Gale Sayers & O.J. Simpson, and that’s just among the old timers!! Maybe if people would stop interviewing him and stop asking for his opinion on football, he wouldn’t sound like such a fool all the time and we wouldn’t have to talk about him soo often!!

    Go take a nap old man!!!

  27. getyourownname says: Sep 21, 2012 1:42 PM

    Yes, and Col. Breed just wanted to motivate RJ Jefferson when he insulted him.

  28. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 21, 2012 2:06 PM

    Richardson would be nothing without Jim Brown pushing him to greater heights.

  29. dtr3e says: Sep 21, 2012 2:10 PM

    Jim Brown, Joes Namath dont know which one is more annoying.

  30. 69finfan says: Sep 21, 2012 2:14 PM

    Reminds me of the movie Wall Street when the pit boss tell Bud Fox, after he gets started with Gordon Gekko that he knew he would be a star. Then later when Bud is being led out in hand cuffs he tells him that he knew he was nothing but trouble.

  31. trevor123698 says: Sep 21, 2012 2:20 PM

    Why else would he have said it? It was obvious to me at the time

  32. EJ says: Sep 21, 2012 2:33 PM

    Like Richardson needed any fuel added to the fire. Brown is just trying to find a way to step out of the light that was put on him after calling T.R. ordinary. He has to feel like a complete idiot for running his mouth.

  33. maddog111 says: Sep 21, 2012 2:50 PM

    arrogantnation says:
    Sep 21, 2012 1:14 PM
    Once Trent has another subpar game, Jimbo will be back at it.
    ———————————————–
    No, you mean once Jimmy Haslam decides to remove him from the payroll again, he’ll start back up.

  34. skinsftwbookit says: Sep 21, 2012 3:43 PM

    Tiki Barber is flabbergasted by this news.

  35. mrfrostyj says: Sep 21, 2012 7:32 PM

    trojan33sc says:
    Sep 21, 2012 1:31 PM
    dtob79 says:Sep 21, 2012 12:55 PM

    He’s full of it. One of the only good things Holmgren has done with the Browns was kicking Jim Brown to the curb.
    *******************************************
    This theory is ridiculous, it makes as much as much sense as John Fox kicking John Elway to the curb. You don’t disrepect a franchise great taht MADE the franchise !!!

    *******************************************

    Actually your comparison isn’t the same whatsoever. John Elway is John Fox’s boss so your scenario is not possible. Also this isn’t about disrespecting a legend just giving his opinion. Brown was a paid adviser for the Browns under former owner Randy Lerner. Once Lerner hired Holmgren an actual football guy was running the team so there was no need for an adviser. Especially one who has watched the team he advised have only two winning seasons since 1999 and only 1 since he’s been a part of the decision making process. Long story short, this isn’t the first time Jim Brown has had an opinion about a draft pick and been 100% wrong and the Browns are a better team since Holmgren let him know his advise wasn’t needed. Jim Brown giving his opinion about the Browns draft picks is more comparable to Matt Millen giving draft advice to the Detroit Lions.

  36. mrmafaka says: Sep 21, 2012 9:05 PM

    Jim Brown, give it a rest, I recently read where Jim wants to rekindle his relationship, to get back to being a Cleveland Brown, now that his sugar daddy Fart Modell is pushing up daisies, ole Jimmy wants to ‘come back to his former position with the Browns’ Jim, I guess you can get your balls out of Farts man purse, since hes dead and hes not around to check you on being a traitor, how manly of you to man up after hes dead, you make me sick, go beat your wife some more.

  37. ytownjoe says: Sep 21, 2012 9:49 PM

    Jim Brown is the greatest running back of all time. Next to him, every other running back is ordinary.

  38. johnmshort3 says: Sep 21, 2012 10:39 PM

    Jim Brown needs to go away. the only reason he was great was he was a big man in a small league. if he was in the league today he would be the average one if that. i am from Cleveland go away Jim brown we gave up caring bought you .

  39. realkelevra says: Sep 22, 2012 12:58 PM

    “I am Jack’s complete lack of surprise”. Jim Brown has fooled no one. And if I’m wrong, and he’s actually fooled himself- I would suggest that if his “motivational speaking” had absolutely ZERO to do with Richardson’s success.

    Call it blasphemous, call it what you will, I’d prefer he shut his mouth and be a great memory, because his post game career has offered no highlights.

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