Richardson with the Colts in 2014
|No. 33 – Birmingham Iron|
|Born:||July 10, 1990|
|Height:||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|Weight:||229 lb (104 kg)|
|High school:||Escambia (Pensacola, Florida)|
|NFL Draft:||2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Career CFL statistics|
|Player stats at CFL.ca|
Trenton Jamond Richardson (born July 10, 1990) is an American football running back for the Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football (AAF). He played college football for the University of Alabama, was recognized as an All-American, and was a member of two BCS National Championship teams. Considered the top running back prospect for the 2012 NFL Draft, Richardson was considered by some as the best running back prospect since Adrian Peterson, and was selected third overall by the Cleveland Browns. After being traded away from the Browns during his second season with the team, and out of the NFL after five seasons, he is sometimes considered one of the biggest draft busts in league history.
- 1 Early years
- 2 College career
- 3 Professional career
- 4 Career statistics
- 5 Personal life
- 6 References
- 7 External links
Richardson was born in Pensacola, Florida. He played football at Escambia High School Richardson finished his senior season with 2,100 yards on 228 carries scoring 25 touchdowns. In a game against Milton High School in September 2008, Richardson rushed for 419 yards on 29 carries and scored six touchdowns, a performance that earned him a selection as the first ESPN RISE National Football Player of the Week. As a junior, Richardson also reached the 400-yard plateau, as he ran for 407 yards in his opening game against Tate High School. He finished his junior season (8 games) with 1,390 yards and 13 touchdowns, and received FSWA All-State 5A second team honors. He sat out his second year due to an injury. He made the FSWA 5A All-State First Team as a senior, and was named 5A Florida Player of the Year and a finalist for the 2008 Mr. Football. Richardson also received consensus All-American honors and was named to the Orlando Sentinel's All Southern Team (Florida).
Richardson also lettered in track & field at Escambia. In 2008, he captured a regional title in the 100-meter dash (10.81 s) and placed 5th at the state meet with a time of 10.9 seconds (World-class sprinter Jeff Demps won the event). He owned a personal-best time of 10.5 seconds in the 100 meters. In addition, he also participated in the long jump event and had a best-mark of 6.55 meters.
Richardson was frequently compared to Emmitt Smith, who also starred at Escambia (1987 graduate), but his physique and running style are more similar to Earl Campbell. Richardson also drew comparisons to Michael Turner and O. J. Simpson. Considered a five-star recruit by Rivals.com, Richardson was listed as the No. 2 running back prospect in the nation (behind only Bryce Brown). He chose Alabama over Florida, Florida State, and LSU, among others.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||40‡||Commit date|
|Pensacola, Florida||Escambia High School||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)||225 lb (102 kg)||4.17||Jun 2, 2008|
|Recruiting star ratings: Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 91|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 2 (RB) Rivals: 2 (RB) ESPN: 1 (RB)|
In his first year at Alabama, Richardson stepped in quickly for the departed Glen Coffee, and shared time at the tailback position with Roy Upchurch and Mark Ingram, Jr. When recruited, Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban called Richardson, "the real key to the class," and "an outstanding player at a position that a young player can contribute next year."
In the second game of the season against Florida International, Richardson had 118 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns in the 40–14 victory. Richardson was named SEC Freshman of the Week for Week 2 and Week 4. Richardson was also named to the 2009 SEC All-Freshman team alongside Barrett Jones and Nico Johnson. He also contributed significantly in the 2010 BCS National Championship against the Texas Longhorns with 109 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns. For the season, he had 145 carries for 751 yards rushing and 8 touchdowns. He also had 16 receptions for 126 yards receiving on the season.
Richardson started the first two games of the season with Mark Ingram sitting out due to an injury. In the season opener against San Jose State, he had 10 carries for 66 yards and 2 touchdowns. He also had 3 receptions for 46 yards. The following week against Penn State, he ran for a career-high 144 yards on 22 carries and a touchdown. He also had 4 catches for 46 yards. Trent was named Co-SEC Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts. In the annual rivalry game against Tennessee, he had 12 carries for 118 rushing yards and a touchdown in the 41–10 victory.
With the departure of Mark Ingram to the NFL, Richardson took over the starting role at running back. During the season, Richardson ran for over 100 yards in nine games. He tied Shaun Alexander with six consecutive 100-yard rushing games. He scored two or more touchdowns in seven games. He set a career-high against Ole Miss running for 183 yards and four touchdowns. In the Iron Bowl, Richardson ran for a new career high of 203 yards in the 42–14 victory. He won the Doak Walker Award becoming the first player from Alabama to win. He finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting behind eventual winner Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck. In the 2012 BCS National Championship Game, Richardson rushed for 96 yards and a touchdown to secure his second national championship with the Crimson Tide.
For the season, Richardson had 1,679 rushing yards, breaking Mark Ingram's record for most rushing yards in a season, and 21 rushing touchdowns. His 21 rushing touchdowns was also an SEC running back record. He also had 338 receiving yards with three touchdowns, making his season total touchdowns 24 which tied Shaun Alexander's SEC record. On January 12, 2012, Richardson declared for the 2012 NFL Draft, thus forgoing his final year of collegiate eligibility. At the time of his announcement, he was projected as a first round pick and the top running back prospect in the draft.
College career statistics
Entering his junior season, Richardson was widely regarded as the best running back available in the 2012 NFL Draft, and he cemented his reputation with strong play over the course of the year. After undergoing a minor knee surgery in February 2012, Richardson did not participate in drills at the 2012 NFL Combine. He later also decided to skip workouts at the Alabama Pro Day on March 7. Richardson held his own Pro Day on March 27.
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yard dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert jump||Broad||BP|
|5 ft 9 1⁄4 in
|30 1⁄4 in
|9 1⁄2 in
|4.53 s||1.49 s||2.59 s||3.87 s||37 in
|Measurables are from NFL Combine, all other values from Alabama Pro Day (2012-03-27)|
By March 2012, Richardson was widely projected to be a top six draft choice by the majority of analysts and scouts, with the Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and St. Louis Rams rumored to be showing the most interest. Former Colts vice chairman Bill Polian called him one of the "three sure-thing players" in the 2012 draft.
Richardson was selected in the first round with the third overall pick by the Cleveland Browns, after they had traded picks with the Minnesota Vikings to select him ahead of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Richardson was the highest selected running back since Reggie Bush went second overall in 2006. The Browns had not selected a running back in the first round since William Green in 2002. On July 23, Richardson and the Browns agreed to a four-year, $20.4 million contract (fully guaranteed) with a $13.3 million signing bonus.
On August 9, 2012, Richardson underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove some cartilage fragments in his left knee. Richardson missed the entire preseason, but returned for the season opener. In his debut against the Philadelphia Eagles, he rushed for 39 yards on 19 carries, being limited in his touches after having just come off the disabled list. The following week, in a 24-34 loss against the Cincinnati Bengals, he rushed for 109 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. He also had 4 receptions for 36 yards and a receiving touchdown. He was the first Browns rookie to rush for over 100 yards and score rushing and receiving touchdowns, all in the same game. During Week 13, against the Kansas City Chiefs, Richardson rushed for 42 yards and 2 touchdowns, tying Jim Brown's franchise rookie record of 9 touchdowns. He rushed for 3.6 yards per carry, which was the lowest yards per carry stat for a rookie running back in the NFL 2012 season.
Prior to the 2013 season, Richardson was ranked as the 71st best player in the NFL by his fellow players. Richardson would only play two games for the Browns in 2013 before being traded. He rushed for 105 yards on 31 carries in losses to the Miami Dolphins and Baltimore Ravens.
On September 18, 2013, Richardson was traded to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2014 first-round draft pick. The Colts were looking for a running back after a season-ending injury to Vick Ballard. In his first carry as a Colt, Richardson scored a one-yard touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers. He struggled through most of the season and was demoted in favor of Donald Brown on December 1, 2013. Richardson returned to his starting role in the Colts Week 15 game against the Houston Texans when Brown left due to injury, and recorded his first touchdown since Week 4 against Jacksonville. Richardson fumbled on his first career playoff carry against the Kansas City Chiefs in the Colts' Wild Card 45–44 victory.
Richardson began the 2014 season splitting carries with veteran running back Ahmad Bradshaw, limiting his carries and yardage totals. Bradshaw was injured in a Week 11 game against the New England Patriots, making Richardson the lead back. However, after Week 13, Dan Herron replaced Richardson as the Colts' primary running back after totaling 88 yards on just eight carries, including a 49-yard touchdown run. In the 2014–15 NFL playoffs, Richardson was not active for Indianapolis' final two playoff games. He was suspended by the team for the AFC Championship Game against the Patriots after he missed walk through for what he called a "family emergency" and did not alert the team. On March 12, 2015, the Colts waived Richardson.
On March 17, 2015, Richardson signed a two-year, $3,850,000 contract with the Oakland Raiders. The deal included $600,000 guaranteed. He missed the first part of training camp due to a bout with pneumonia. On August 31, 2015, Richardson was released by the team.
In July 2017, the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League added Richardson to their negotiation list. The following month, he announced his decision not to sign with the team. However, he eventually signed with the team on September 26, 2017. On October 27 against the Montreal Alouettes, Richardson suffered an ankle injury late in the game. He was placed on the injured list on November 1, and subsequently missed out on the playoffs. Richardson played in 4 games during the 2017 regular season, rushing 48 times for 259 yards and 2 touchdowns. His rushing totals, as well as his average yards per carry increased each week. Richardson also recovered a fumble from quarterback Kevin Glenn during a quarterback sneak, and converted the first down. On May 10, 2018 Roughriders head coach Chris Jones announced that the team did not expect Richardson to report to the team's 2018 training camp on May 20, 2018. On May 20, after failing to report to training camp, the Riders placed Richardson on the suspended list. It was revealed that Richardson would lose custody of his children if he crossed the Canadian border, effectively keeping him from playing in the CFL, and so to allow Richardson to sign with the local franchise of the startup Alliance of American Football, he was released by the Roughriders on August 15, 2018.
In 2018, Richardson signed with the Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football for the 2019 AAF season. During the first game of the 2019 AAF season against the Memphis Express, Richardson carried for 58 yards in 23 carries, resulting in 2.5 yards per carry with two rushing touchdowns and one fumble. Richardson also recorded one catch, breaking several tackles for a 14 yard gain and a first down, as well as a two point conversion catch following his first touchdown. In later weeks, Richardson would be utilized more as a receiving back, in addition to rushing duties. Through 6 weeks, he has scored at least one rushing touchdown in every game, and caught his first touchdown in a week 6 victory against the San Diego Fleet.
- "Trent Richardson, RB for the Indianapolis Colts at NFL.com". NFL.com. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
- "Trent Richardson Stats, News, Videos, Highlights, Pictures, Bio - Indianapolis Colts - ESPN". ESPN. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
- Brooks, Bucky (April 4, 2012). "Trent Richardson ranks as No. 3 prospect in 2012 NFL Draft". NFL.com.
- "Richardson ready to break RB trend". Chicago Tribune. April 5, 2012.[permanent dead link]
- Silva, Evan. "After trade up, Browns select Trent Richardson". NBC Sports.
- "Biggest draft bust of every NFL team since 2000 – The Mercury News". Retrieved May 25, 2017.
- Parziale, James (October 20, 2016). "Biggest NFL Draft successes. in history". foxsports.com. Retrieved November 16, 2017.
- "Report: Escambia legend Trent Richardson to continue pro career in Birmingham". Pensacola News Journal. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
- ESPN RISE's Football Players of the Week, ESPN.com, September 19, 2008
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved August 1, 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- Newberg, Jamie (January 27, 2009), Florida headlines final state rankings releases, Rivals.com,
Trent Richardson's combination of tremendous size and speed is similar to that of Earl Campbell. He's definitely a back that will wear defenses down, yet he has breakaway speed.
- "Is Manti Te'o the next Ray Lewis?", ESPN RISE Magazine, April 15, 2009
- Rivals.com running backs 2009, January 16, 2009
- Bone, Andrew. "Trent Richardson stays with Alabama". ScoutFootball.com. Retrieved November 21, 2017.
- Melick, Ray (August 5, 2009), "5 battles to watch as the Crimson Tide starts summer football practice", Birmingham News
- Estes, Gentry (May 31, 2009), "No rest for Tide football signees: Many of Alabama's top recruits ready to start summer school in Tuscaloosa this week", The Mobile Press-Register, archived from the original on September 27, 2012, retrieved November 7, 2018
- Zenor, John. "Richardson's 2 TDs push No. 4 Bama past FIU, 40-14". sandiegouniontribune.com. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
- "Richardson named SEC Freshman of the Week", RollTide.com, September 14, 2009, archived from the original on January 19, 2010
- "Richardson Gets Second SEC Nod", Scout.com, September 28, 2009, archived from the original on October 5, 2009, retrieved September 28, 2009
- "3 Tiders on All-SEC Frosh", Scout.com, December 10, 2009, archived from the original on December 13, 2009, retrieved December 10, 2009
- "Alabama defeats Texas, rolls to first national title since 1992". ESPN. January 7, 2010. Retrieved January 9, 2010.
- University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. "2009–10 Overall Individual Statistics". RollTide.com. Retrieved October 1, 2011.
- "Richardson earns POW honors", Tidesports.com, September 13, 2010[permanent dead link]
- "Alabama Uses Big Second Half to Take Down Vols, 41-10". rolltide.com. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
- University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. "2010–11 Overall Individual Statistics". RollTide.com. Retrieved October 1, 2011.
- "Alabama at Ole Miss Box Score, October 15, 2011". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
- "Bama Blasts Ole Miss, Richardson scores 4 TDs". Fox19. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
- "Richardson keys Tide romp". Chattanooga Times Free Press. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
- "Alabama at Auburn Box Score, November 26, 2011". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
- "Tide's Richardson, Jones nab national awards". The Tuscaloosa News. December 9, 2011. Retrieved December 10, 2011.
- "Robert Griffin III wins Heisman Trophy". ESPN.com. Associated Press. December 10, 2011. Retrieved December 10, 2011.
- "2011 Heisman Trophy Voting". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
- Barnhart, Tony (January 10, 2012). "Richardson's touchdown run in BCS title game caps illustrious career". CBSSports.com. Retrieved January 15, 2012.
- University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. "2011–12 Overall Individual Statistics". RollTide.com. Archived from the original on September 24, 2011. Retrieved October 1, 2011.
- "Trent Richardson, Dre Kirkpatrick go pro". ESPN.com. ESPN.com news services. January 12, 2012. Retrieved January 15, 2012.
- Prisco, Pete (May 1, 2011). "Flash forward: Top 32 picks for the 2012 NFL Draft". CBSSports.com.
- Pauline, Tony (May 3, 2011). "Stanford's Luck headlines early look at top 2012 draft prospects". Sports Illustrated.
- Reuter, Chad (May 4, 2011). "2012 mock draft: First look with Luck and Heels". CBSSports.com.
- "Trent Richardson to skip combine drills after knee surgery". ESPN. February 23, 2012.
- "Richardson to skip Alabama's Pro Day". CBSSports. March 6, 2012.
- Richardson is main attraction at star-studded Alabama pro day
- Banks, Don (February 22, 2012). "2012 NFL Mock Draft 2.0". Sports Illustrated.
- "NFL Draft coming into focus". Fox News. March 6, 2012.
- Kiper, Mel (March 7, 2012). "2012 NFL Mock Draft 3.0". ESPN Insider.
- "Is RB Richardson the smart pick at No. 5?". Tampa Bay Online. March 7, 2012. Archived from the original on March 9, 2012.
- "Trading No. 2 pick gives Rams plenty of options". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. March 11, 2012.
- Trent Richardson a 'sure thing' along with top two QBs, says Bill Polian
- "2012 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
- "Browns draft Trent Richardson at No. 3". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
- "2012 NFL Draft: Browns trade up, pick Alabama RB Trent Richardson third overall". www.ohio.com. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
- "Trent Richardson signs 4-year contract with Cleveland Browns, 4 years, $20.5 million, $13.3 million signing bonus". Cleveland Plain-Dealer. July 23, 2012.
- "Trent Richardson to have surgery". ESPN.com. August 9, 2012.
- "Cleveland Browns' Trent Richardson lowers the face value of the Philadelphia Eagles' Kurt Coleman: Browns Insider". cleveland.com. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
- "Cleveland Browns fall in shootout to Cincinnati Bengals, 34-27, as Brandon Weeden, Trent Richardson shine". cleveland.com. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
- "Richardson helps Cleveland run over Chiefs". Fox News. December 9, 2012. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
- "2012 NFL Rushing & Receiving | Pro-Football-Reference.com". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
- "Trent Richardson needs 20 carries, Norv Turner says". NFL.com. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
- "Browns notes: Richardson gets more touches, fails to produce big play". News-Herald. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
- Rosenthal, Gregg (September 18, 2013). "Trent Richardson traded to Colts from Browns for pick". National Football League. Retrieved September 18, 2013.
- "Vick Ballard will miss Colts' season with knee injury". NFL.com. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
- "Colts vs. 49ers - Game Recap - September 23, 2013 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
- Wells, Mike (December 1, 2013). "Colts demote RB Trent Richardson". ESPN.com. Retrieved December 16, 2013.
- "Trent Richardson's indefensible playoff fumble sums up his 2013 season". USA Today. January 4, 2014. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
- Holder, Steve (November 21, 2014). "Insider: Is this the end for Colts RB Ahmad Bradshaw?". indystar.com. Retrieved November 21, 2014.
- Bowen, Kevin (March 12, 2015). "Colts Waive Trent Richardson". colts.com. Retrieved March 12, 2015.
- Raiders Sign RB Trent Richardson
- "Trent Richardson activated by Raiders after bout with pneumonia". ProFootballTalk. August 6, 2015. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
- Williamson, Bill (August 31, 2015). "Sources: Raiders release RB Trent Richardson, WR Kenbrell Thompkins". ESPN. Retrieved September 1, 2015.
- Sessler, Marc. "Baltimore Ravens sign Trent Richardson". NFL.com. Retrieved April 18, 2016.
- Hensley, Jamison (August 2, 2016). "Ravens waive offseason pickup Trent Richardson, former No. 3 pick". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 2, 2016.
- Dunk, Justin (August 19, 2017). "Riders put former NFL RB Trent Richardson on neg list". 3DownNation. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
- "Contrary to report, Trent Richardson not headed to CFL". AL.com. Retrieved August 24, 2017.
- "RIDERS SIGN INTERNATIONAL RB TRENT RICHARDSON". cfl.ca. September 26, 2017. Retrieved September 26, 2017.
- Inabinett, Mark (November 1, 2017). "Ankle injury sidelines Trent Richardson in CFL". al.com. Archived from the original on November 3, 2017. Retrieved November 3, 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
- "CFL TRANSACTIONS". cfl.ca. Archived from the original on November 16, 2017. Retrieved November 16, 2017.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
- "Trent Richardson". cfl.ca/. Retrieved November 3, 2017.
- "Richardson not expected at start of Roughriders' training camp - Article - TSN". TSN. May 10, 2018. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
- "Roughriders suspend Richardson, Steele - Article - TSN". TSN. May 20, 2018. Retrieved May 22, 2018.
- "Saskatchewan Roughriders release Trent Richardson". AL.com. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
- Inabinett, Mark. "Birmingham Iron building roster with in-state talent". AL.com. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
- "Former first-rounder Trent Richardson salvages AAF debut with two late touchdowns". sports.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2019-02-11.
- "AAF Week 1 scores, highlights: Arizona offense, Birmingham defense shine in wins; Trent Richardson scores two TDs". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2019-02-11.
- "Richardson is ready to be Tide's go-to guy". espn.com. August 15, 2011.
- "Cleveland Browns' Trent Richardson misses practice to attend birth of 3rd child". clevelandbrowns.com. October 5, 2012.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Trent Richardson.|
- Career statistics and player information from NFL.com · ESPN · Pro-Football-Reference
- Oakland Raiders bio at the Wayback Machine (archived March 23, 2015)
- Indianapolis Colts bio at the Wayback Machine (archived July 28, 2014)
- Alabama Crimson Tide bio at the Wayback Machine (archived December 16, 2009)