Former Alabama star running back Trent Richardson may have finally realized the door on his NFL future could be closing and has since shed some serious weight.
Richardson now weighs 218 pounds, down 22 pounds from the 240 he was previously listed at, and even lighter than his playing weight back at Alabama. Richardson’s trainer and former college teammate Mike McCoy posted this “before and after” photo of Richardson to his Instagram account.
For all the people who counted this man out!!! Trust me when I tell you he is war ready, he is in the best shape of his life and a mindset of a King focused on the next territory to conquer! He will shock the NFL this year… Go shine like the star you are my guy!!! #warehousegang #nodaysoff #grindliketherentdue #itsbetterthisway #nfl and yeah that's 240 to 218!!!! @ryromano
Though Richardson looks like a stud now, the fact that he lost 22 pounds reinforces the whispers around the NFL that his struggles on the field and inability to make a roster were because of his eating habits.
Richardson has bounced around the NFL since being selected third overall in the 2012 NFL Draft, most recently finding a home with the Baltimore Ravens.
His trainer, understandably serving as a pitch man, made a bold prediction of Richardson that may prove difficult for a running back that spent all of 2015 out of football.
“Don’t be surprised if you see Trent in the Pro Bowl or if he’s named among the top-five running backs in the league next season,” McCoy said, as reported by Sara Ellison of Baltimoreravens.com. “Mark my words. I love him like he’s family.”
McCoy isn’t the only person to believe Richardson still has an NFL future, though this former NFL fullback and current NFL Network analyst was less prophetic in his support.
"I believe he can still play in this league"
— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) April 25, 2016
Richardson has an uphill battle in front of him if he plans on proving he’s the same back teams saw when the Cleveland Browns selected him third overall. The Ravens have six running backs on their roster, with just three expected to make the final cut.