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Trent Richardson

Trent Richardson
Richardson in the 2014 NFL season.
No. 34     Indianapolis Colts
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1990-07-10) July 10, 1990
Place of birth: Pensacola, Florida
Height: 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Weight: 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High school: Pensacola (FL) Escambia
College: Alabama
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 3
Debuted in 2012 for the Cleveland Browns
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2014
Rushes 582
Rushing yards 1,946
Rushing touchdowns 17
Receptions 108
Receiving yards 886
Receiving touchdowns 2
Stats at

Trenton Jamond Richardson (born July 10, 1990)[1][2] is an American football running back for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). 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. The Cleveland Browns selected him with the third overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft,[3] and he was rated as the best running back prospect since Adrian Peterson.[4][5]

On September 18, 2013, he was traded to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for Indianapolis' 2014 1st round pick. With the addition of Richardson, the Colts now have two of the top three picks of the 2012 NFL Draft, including QB Andrew Luck who was selected first overall.

Early years

Richardson was born in Pensacola, Florida. He attended Escambia High School in Pensacola, the same high school as former Cleveland Browns teammate Ahtyba Rubin, where he 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.[6]

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).

Track and field

Richardson was also on the Escambia High School track team, where he competed as a sprinter and long jumper. He finished 5th in the 100 meters at the 2008 FHSAA 3A Track & Field Championships, with a time of 10.9 seconds (World-class sprinter Jeff Demps won the event). He placed 1st in the 100 meters at the 2008 3A Regional 1 championships with a time of 10.81 seconds.[7] He also competed in long jump, he had a career-best leap of 6.55 meters.[8]

He was timed at 10.5 seconds in the 100 meters in his senior year.[9]


Richardson was frequently compared to Emmit Smith, who also starred at Escambia (1987 graduate), but his physique and running style are more similar to Earl Campbell.[10] Richardson also drew comparisons to Michael Turner and O.J. Simpson.[11] Considered a five-star recruit by, Richardson was listed as the No. 2 running back prospect in the nation (behind only Bryce Brown).[12] He chose Alabama over Florida, Florida State, and LSU, among others.

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Trent Richardson
Pensacola, Florida Escambia 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 225 lb (102 kg) 4.32 Jun 2, 2008 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 91
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 2 (RB)   Rivals: 2 (RB)  ESPN: 1 (RB)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


  • "Alabama Football Commitments". Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  • "2009 Alabama Football Commits". Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  • "ESPN". Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  • " Team Recruiting Rankings". Retrieved 2011-12-13. 
  • "2009 Team Ranking". Retrieved 2011-12-13. 

College career

American football players in middle of a running play near the endzone.
Richardson running the ball towards the endzone against the Kent State defensive line during his junior season at Alabama.

Richardson accepted an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Alabama, where he played for coach Nick Saban's Alabama Crimson Tide football team from 2009 to 2011.


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.[13] 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."[14]

Richardson was named SEC Freshman of the Week for Week 2[15] and Week 4.[16] Richardson was also named to the 2009 SEC All-Freshman team alongside Barrett Jones and Nico Johnson.[17] He also contributed significantly in the 2010 BCS National Championship with 109 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns.[18] For the season he had 145 carries for 751 yards rushing and 8 touchdowns.[19] He also had 126 yards receiving on the season.[19]


Richardson started the first two games of the season with Mark Ingram sitting out due to an injury. In the season opener, 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.[20]

For the season he had 112 carries for 700 yards rushing and 6 touchdowns and 266 yards receiving and 4 touchdowns.[21] Richardson also had 634 kick return yards with a touchdown on the year.[21]


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. He won the Doak Walker Award becoming the first player from Alabama to win.[22] He finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting behind eventual winner Robert Griffin III and Andrew Luck.[23] 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.[24]

For the season Richardson had 1,679 rushing yards, breaking [26] At the time of his announcement, he was projected as a first round pick and the top running back prospect in the draft.[26]

College career statistics

Year GP–GS Rushing Receiving Kick Returns
Att Gain Loss Net Avg TD Long Avg/G Rec Rec–Yards Avg TD Long Avg/G No. Yards Avg TD Long
2009[19] 14–0 145 784 33 751 5.2 8 52 53.6 16 126 7.9 0 17 9.0 1 20 20 0 20
2010[21] 11–2 112 719 19 700 6.2 6 65 53.8 23 266 11.6 4 85 24.2 24 634 26.4 1 91
2011[25] 13–13 283 1740 61 1,679 5.9 21 76 129.2 29 338 11.7 3 61 26.0 3 66 22.0 0 24
Total* 38-15 540 3243 113 3,130 5.8 35 76 75.9 64 730 10.4 7 85 20.3 28 720 25.7 1 91

Professional career

2012 NFL Draft

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. [27][28][29] After undergoing a minor knee surgery in February 2012, Richardson did not participate in drills at the 2012 NFL Combine.[30] He later also decided to skip workouts at the Alabama Pro Day on March 7.[31] Richardson held his own Pro Day on March 27.[32]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 9¼ in 228 lb 30¼ in 9½ in 4.48 s 25 reps
Measurables are from NFL Combine,[33] all other values from Alabama Pro Day (2012-03-27)

By March 2012, Richardson was widely projected to be a top six draft choice,[34][35][36] with the Cleveland Browns, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and St. Louis Rams rumored to be most interested in selecting him.[37][38] Former Colts vice chairman Bill Polian called him one of the "three sure-thing players" in the 2012 draft.[39]

Richardson was eventually selected third overall 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 Cleveland Browns agreed to a four-year, $20.4 million contract (fully guaranteed) with a $13.6 million signing bonus.[40][41]

Cleveland Browns

Richardson with the Browns.


On August 9, 2012, Richardson underwent arthroscopic surgery to remove some cartilage fragments in his left knee.[42] 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.

Richardson would only play 2 games for the Browns in 2013. He rushed 105 yards on 31 carries.

Indianapolis Colts


On September 18, 2013, Richardson was traded to the Indianapolis Colts for a 2014 first-round draft pick.[43] He wears the uniform number 34 for the Indianapolis Colts after wearing number 33 for the Browns. 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 touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers. He struggled through most of the season and was demoted to RB2 in favor of Donald Brown on December 1, 2013.[44] Richardson returned to his RB1 role in the Colts week 15 match 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 game. Kansas City converted the turnover into a touchdown.


Richardson began the season splitting carries with 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.[45]

Career statistics

Season Team Games Rushing Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
Regular season
2014 Indianapolis Colts 10 9 127 433 3.4 27 3 22 203 9.2 24 0 2 1
2013 Indianapolis Colts 14 8 157 458 2.9 22 3 28 265 9.5 24 1 2 1
2013 Cleveland Browns 2 2 31 105 3.4 10 0 7 51 7.3 18 0
2012 Cleveland Browns 15 15 267 950 3.6 32T 11 51 367 7.2 27 1 3 0
Total 41 34 582 1,946 3.3 32 17 108 886 8.2 27 2 7 2

Personal life

Richardson has two daughters: Taliyah, 6, and Elevera, 4.[46] Richardson's first son was born October 5, 2012.[47]

On April 13, 2012, he took leukemia survivor Courtney Alvis to her senior prom at Hueytown High School.[48]


He was voted No. 71 out of the top 100 in the NFL by fellow players in 2012.[49]



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  48. ^ Trent Richardson makes Hueytown cancer survivor's prom dream come true
  49. ^

External links

  • Career statistics and player information from • ESPN • Pro-Football-Reference
  • Indianapolis Colts bio
  • Alabama Crimson Tide bio
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