NFL: Browns HOF RB Jim Brown Hails Trent Richardson Trade as Brilliant

Hall-of-Fame Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown hailed the September 19 trade of Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts as brilliant.

Sep 26 2013, 11:51pm CDT | by

NFL: Browns HOF RB Jim Brown Hails Trent Richardson Trade as Brilliant
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If there's anyone who thinks trading Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts is a brilliant move, it's no other than Hall-of-Fame Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown.

Brown made his thoughts known to the public during an interview on "Inside the NFL" on Wednesday, per CBS Sports' John Breech. His comments are in light of former team president Mike Holmgren saying he would have resigned had Richardson been traded should he still be around. 

Holmgren fired Brown in 2010. Brown returned to the team in May as a special adviser. 

"Mike is not from Cleveland. I'm a Cleveland Brown. So he gave me a choice of taking three dollars and doing a little dancing for him out there. I said,"Mr. Holmgren, I'm sorry...I don't dance...become a mascot type of guy.'

"And I cracked up but I wrote him a letter. And I stated those things, and I had a little humor with it because I knew ultimately I would probably be back because Cleveland is my home. I have great roots there and I love the people and the people love me.

And how did he react when he found out Richardson had just been dealt to Indianapolis?

"I was surprised. But then I thought it was a brilliant move...Because first of all, Trent (Richardson) couldn't have carried the kind of load that Cleveland needed." 

The animosity between Holmgren and Brown was evident when Richardson was drafted last year. Holmgren, then still with the team, traded to move up to the No. 3 spot in the first round and nabbed the Alabama Crimson Tide running back.

Brown responded by labeling Richardson as an "ordinary" back. 

However, Brown and Richardson grew close during the 2012 season, with the latter seeking to disprove his mentor's previous notion.

In fact,"At a team meeting to kick off training camp, Brown told the players that he had changed his opinion of Richardson because of the toughness he showed in playing through broken ribs and a knee injury," according to Browns beat reporter Mary Kay Cabot of the Northeast Ohio Media Group.

Furthermore, NFL.com's Marc Sessler points out Brown as all praises for Richardson in an "Around the League" interview four months ago.  

"The things I said about him were not harsh at all. I said he looked like an ordinary back. That's not a criticism, that's a launching pad. What makes you great before you run the ball as a professional?"

Richardson ran for 35 yards on 13 carries, scoring the Colts' first touchdown in their 27-7 road win over the San Francisco 49ers on September 22. 

 
 
 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

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