Trent Richardson thinks comeback will lead to Hall of Fame


A few months ago, Trent Richardson was happy to be back in the NFL, and hoping to make the Ravens roster.

In the ensuing time, he’s raised his sights considerably.

CSNMidAtlantic’s Chris Miller asked the former No. 3 overall pick how he thought his career would end, and Richardson said it would be with him “Putting on a yellow jacket.”

Apparently he’s not planning to buy a matching hat and a pet monkey named George, but rather earn entrance into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“People wrote him off, he came back and did some amazing things,” Richardson said, referring to himself. “He always had the pedigree. He just had to get back to the guy that we know.”

That will be quite a task for a guy who has never rushed for 1,000 yards in a season, or averaged more than 3.6 yards per carry.

But Richardson said his problems earlier in his career were a matter of distractions.

“As a person at that time, mentally (I) wasn’t stable enough to play football, for any level,” Richardson said. “My mindset wasn’t right for it, I had too much going on outside of football. The football was always there, but everything that carried on outside the field, it carried onto the field. I couldn’t think about football all the time. Football became little to me at the time. . . .

“This is a good chance of being my last ride when it comes to proving myself in the NFL. I know myself that I’m not done in the NFL, don’t want to be done. I got a taste of what that felt like. To tell my kids that their father didn’t have a job, it was big for me. I’m here, I’m going to be here for awhile.”

At least he’s back on the practice field this week, after missing OTA time with a hamstring problem. But that and his unmet potential are apparently behind him.

Canton awaits.

102 responses to “Trent Richardson thinks comeback will lead to Hall of Fame

  1. Don’t even test this guy- immediately put him in the NFL’s Substance Abuse Program or acquire some brain tissue samples and check for CTE.

  2. You got him wrong. He’s actually talking about a yellow jacket. He bought one last week at Bloomingdales, it was on sale. Good for him.

  3. Ozzie needs to get on the phone and make a deal fast. Richardson is more than delusional enough to be a Cowboy

  4. The closest he’ll come to Canton was the time he spent in Cleveland.

  5. It was bad enough saying he envisions himself in the HoF…. but then he referred to himself in the 3rd person about all these great things.

  6. I couldn’t think about football all the time. Football became little to me… However, I had no problem taking the money. I liked that a lot.

  7. @realtruthteller100 says:
    Jun 8, 2016 1:31 PM
    “call me crazy but i think trent is right on this one. if the cheater Tom Brady can make it, then so shoukd trent. fares fare”

    Clearly, educational funding needs to be dramatically increased.

  8. Richardson has all the physical gifts to be a HOF’er, but seems to lack the quality of vision all the great ones seemed to have.

  9. My first thought when I read the comeback/HOF statement? Vince Young 2.0 …

  10. He is a millennial so that means as long as he identifies as a HoFer then he actually is a HoFer. That is how it works, right?

  11. Wait a minute, maybe Trent thinks the Hall of Fame is like one of those participation trophies that they give out to kids in youth leagues, where everybody gets a trophy so they feel good. So you play in the NFL for a year or two, and you get a yellow jacket and a bust in Canton when you retire! I figure it’s either that or the guy is just completely insane.

  12. “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”

  13. I don’t think you can motivate yourself to have a “burst” coming out of the backfield. This guy is all kinds of done.

  14. I know he sounds ridiculous but I bet this is his thoughts that a sports mind bender is telling him to have. Jack Nicklaus always says he never has missed a putt inside 4ft on a Sunday afternoon but he did its on film. Tiger Woods says he has played well struck the ball well but we all saw he didn’t. That’s how these people think. To us they are nuts or big heads but I bet a lot of pro sports people think like that.

  15. Way to go Trent, you won’t even see the field if you keep making statements like this. You will be in concussion protocol the whole season and put on IR

  16. Everything involving Trent Richardson has led to some pretty classic comedy.

    Building a MONSTER for the BEST fans in the WORLD!!!

    The Brown’s with their new found wealth wheel and deal resulting Gilbert/Manziel.

    It’s almost amazing how bad the deal turned out to be for everyone. Would you rather have been the guy that traded away a 1st for Trent or the team that drafted Manziel with it.

  17. His next yellow jacket is waiting for him at the Baltimore Airport, where he will fit in nicely working next to those clueless Ethiopians at the counter for Hertz Rental Car.

  18. Off field distraction don’t explain an inability to see where the hole is and change direction to run into it.

    The only yellow jacket he will be wearing in Canton is one with “Security ” scrawled across it.

  19. The only yellow jacket Trent will be putting on is a raincoat when he’s working on some tuna boat in 2017.

  20. someone tell Trent that the Ravens aren’t playing in the HOF game this year! He would have had to stay with the Colts to make it to Canton this year.

  21. Clear case of substance abuse, Goodell shouldn’t have any problem with this one.

  22. Curtis Enis has a better chance of making a comeback and getting into the HOF than T-Rich does!

  23. So much negativity. To be expected. But what really baffles me is that the three positive comments I counted, all had most or all thumbs down. Wow.

    I read it and I thought, “gee, that’s really unlikely.” But my second thought was that it’s great to see the guy get another shot, and that he seems to be prepared to give it everything he’s got.

    My first thought after reading through the comments was that there sure are a lot of losers out there who delight in tearing people down, no matter what the circumstance. Then my second thought was that I was pretty much doing the same thing, finding fault in others, when maybe I should just be taking a cue from Trent Richardson and just trying to make myself be a better person. I won’t be referring to myself in the third person anytime soon though. Anyway, sorry for calling you guys losers, you are all God’s special miracles.

  24. obsession55 says:
    Jun 8, 2016 2:40 PM
    Curtis Enis has a better chance of making a comeback and getting into the HOF than T-Rich does!

    Now that is a name I’ve not heard in a long time.

    A long time.

  25. “That will be quite a task for a guy who has never rushed for 1,000 yards in a season, or averaged more than 3.6 yards per carry.”

    His rookie season he ran for 950 yards in 15 games and that was with broken ribs and no pre season or OTA’s not to mention the The Indianapolis Colts are known for killing running backs careers. If he was the only one it would be different but he wouldn’t be the first running back to become a hall of famer after leaving the Colts and Marshall Faulk can attest to that. I’m a firm believer that the Richardson that played in Cleveland was the real guy especially seeing how Richardson had no issues in Indianapolis as a pass catcher not to mention the 2 games he played before he got traded in 2013 were still better than what he ended up doing in the same season in a different uniform.

    Keep in mind how many other formerly good players went on to fall flat with the Colts (Andre Johnson says Hi). This is the team that eventually fired their offensive coordinator for Andrew Luck falling off as well.

  26. Maybe the SEC hall of fame, because most SEC players come in way over rated

  27. Well if the HOF is planning on opening a wing to honor huge draft busts then you might be in one of the first players elected. Until then? how about you make a roster and actually PLAY?

  28. Reminds me of the time Chris Spielman said at Browns camp that every player on the field should be have a goal of playing in the Super Bowl. That year.

  29. I laughed at first but you know what, shame on me. Good for him if he’s ready to try to use his talent and take advantage of this opportunity.

    The guy lost about 15lbs, he looks ready. He sounds ready. Let’s see if he can do it.

  30. Coincidentally, I just finished reading Curious George to my 4 year old son. That George is such a riot. So is Trent.

  31. “So you’re telling me there’s a chance! YEAH!”

    – Lloyd Christmas in Dumb and Dumber, as played by Jim Carrey

  32. With the lines Trent suffered through while with the Browns and the Colts, if he could get even 2 yards a carry is STAGGERING!

  33. I believe him.

    I also believe Scarlett Johansson will be here in the morning to cook me breakfast.

  34. As a Ravens fan, I would say there is a very very strong chance that Trent Richardson does not even make the team. We are loaded at RB now after having a solid draft. I’m happy the guy finally got in shape and by all accounts is mentally ready for the challenge but it’s an uphill battle for him on this roster at this time.

  35. Dude better be looking into getting some of that CTE money if he thinks he can be a HOF

  36. mrfrostyj says:
    Jun 8, 2016 2:54 PM

    Keep in mind how many other formerly good players went on to fall flat with the Colts (Andre Johnson says Hi)


    Isn’t he going on 60 in terms of NFL careers?

  37. “Putting on a yellow jacket.”

    Okay…let’s see what yellow jackets he might be talking about:

    Tai Chi instructor
    Bicycle policeman
    Asst Coach at Oregon
    Flag man for road construction
    Thai Army soldier
    Liverpool Soccer team

    It’s more likely that he wears all of those, than ever putting on a yellow jacket in Canton.

  38. Hope he can turn it around. Hey Trent, why don’t you concentrate on making the team first. Then maybe actually contributing.
    Let’s leave this HOF thing alone for a while.

  39. To all deserving H.O.F. recipients (so Joe Namath is out) we apologize for Trent’s words.

  40. He’s very optimistic and has a great imagination. But he’s got about two or three more years as a backup before reality sets in real hard.

  41. Yeah, the Hall of Shame, he’ll go in there along with Johnny Manziel and the first picks of Cleveland for the last decade. And, go ahead and add JaMarcus Russell and Vince Young just to round it off!

  42. You can go to Canton Trent…In August if any tickets are left…I went to Canton last year, Full package for all events are $618. Well worth it…

  43. He would practically need to turn into Barry Sanders for a decade if he wants to do that.

  44. 1. Well he already has his Hall of Fame bust………..or is it just bust period?

    2.Most great running backs hit the hole with a burst, but it seems Trent Boy left out the “R”.

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