Trent Richardson did not play a down of football during a 2015 NFL regular season game, but that’s not stopping him from dreaming big.
The former Alabama workhorse is back in the league for now thanks to a free-agent agreement with the Baltimore Ravens this offseason, but he still has a lot of work to get done between now and the season-opener to prove that he’s worthy of a spot on the 53-man roster.
“This is a good chance of being my last ride when it comes to proving myself in the NFL,” Richardson told CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Clifton Brown. “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.”
But it didn’t stop at just making the team for Richardson. According to Brown, Richardson has set Richardson’s goals are still much higher than that.
Here’s how he said he envisioned his story ending:
“Putting on a yellow jacket,” said Richardson, referring to making the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “People wrote him off, he came back and did some amazing things. He always had the pedigree. He just had to get back to the guy that we know.”
It wasn’t all that long ago that Richardson was considered one of the most promising young runners in the game. And at just 25 years old, there is certainly time to get things back on track.
As it stands, he has 2,032 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns through 614 career NFL rushing attempts.
Richardson was the No. 3 overall selection of the 2012 NFL Draft as the Cleveland Browns drafted him to be their franchise running back. He ran for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns during his rookie season that fall, but was traded to the Indianapolis Colts in the middle of the 2013 season and never seemed to gain traction in their offense over the better part of two seasons.
He was in camp with the Oakland Raiders in 2015, but failed to make the team.
Richardson rushed for 3,130 yards during a three-year college career with the Crimson Tide, which also netted him two national championship rings in 2009 and 2011.