Trent Richardson returns to game action on Sunday

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More than four years after last playing in an NFL game, running back Trent Richardson returns to action on Sunday in an American professional football game.

Richardson, the third overall pick in the 2012 draft, now plays for the Birmingham Iron of the AAF. The Iron host the Memphis Express at 4:00 p.m. ET today.

After a 950-yard rookie season, Richardson found himself traded to the Colts, a move that drew plenty of complaints from Browns fans. He didn’t do much either in 2013 or 2014 with the Colts, washing out of the NFL at that point.

Offseason stints with the Raiders (who inexplicably gave him $600,000 guaranteed) and Ravens never really went anywhere, and Richardson spent one season in the CFL, gaining 259 yards for the Saskatchewan Roughriders before suffering a season-ending ankle injury.

Along the way, Richardson at one point returned to Alabama to practice with the Crimson Tide, a move that sparked criticism from Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly and criticism of the criticism from Alabama coach Nick Saban.

Richardson new returns again to Alabama, and he’s the most recognizable name in the AAF, by far. Putting him on the Birmingham roster gives him a chance to return to the site of his most significant football achievements, with a final season that caused him to finish third in the Heisman Trophy voting, behind Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck.

16 responses to “Trent Richardson returns to game action on Sunday

  1. My favorite part of the Trent Richardson story is how the Patriots did their due diligence on RBs during the 2012 NFL draft, studied them in games vs the same opposition and concluded that Stevan Ridley was a better player than Trent Richardson.

    They were right, but of course they didn’t realize that that was becuase Richardson sucked and Ridley was merely decent (when he held onto the ball).

  2. They would have blackballed Tebow for spreading the Gospels there in Canada too!

    coltzfan166 says:
    February 10, 2019 at 2:58 pm
    Say what you want about him…but I respect any player that will swallow their pride and play in Canada. Tebow wouldn’t even do that

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  3. Dude, no one who watched college tape of Richardson and Ridley came to the conclusion that Ridley was better. Maybe they decided it would be better to get Ridley later instead of spend a high pick on Richardson or something like that. Or maybe it’s one of the draft hindsight stories where everyone makes themselves a genius. But the way you’re telling it … No man. Just no.

  4. He might be the worst RB in NFL history.

    He was paid about 18 million dollars to be that bad.

    The Raiders also gave him a 150k workout bonus.

  5. I understand the new league is trying to get some local flavor, and have a couple recognizable names, but at the same time they’re promoting the league as an opportunity for players who for some reason have fallen through the cracks. When I see guys like Richardson and Christian Hackenberg, I’m only seeing the name recognition part. These two have already been given multiple chances, but have proven they can’t play in the NFL. I like this Luis Perez guy. He’d never get an opportunity if it wasn’t for this league, and he’s 100 times better than Hackenberg.

  6. Trent Richardson and the Iron’s QB Luis Perez were the highlights of the game.

    Christian Hackenberg’s throwing motion definitely needed to be changed, but his new motion is bad too, just in a different way. It’s like he’s pushing the ball.

  7. coltzfan166 says:
    February 10, 2019 at 2:58 pm
    Say what you want about him…but I respect any player that will swallow their pride and play in Canada. Tebow wouldn’t even do that

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    Tebow doesn’t need to. He is playing baseball. Now if you mentioned Kaep you would be on to something

  8. hailtothenamechange says:
    February 10, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    Dude, no one who watched college tape of Richardson and Ridley came to the conclusion that Ridley was better. Maybe they decided it would be better to get Ridley later instead of spend a high pick on Richardson or something like that. Or maybe it’s one of the draft hindsight stories where everyone makes themselves a genius.
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    A genius? Both picks sucked. You think the Patriots were happy with what they got out of Ridley? The guy was a disaster.

  9. I heard Nick Saban had Richardson’s car towed during the game , the same car saban gave him at alabama and was never returned. Can anyone confirm this?

  10. So Trent went from 1 horrible team w a horrible O line (the Browns) to another dumpster fire of an O-Line in the Colts to yet another horrible team in the Raiders with a suspect O-line, but he’s the bum?

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