Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Trade from Browns Stunned Richardson; RB Happy with His New Home, but Acknowledges Ex-Team 'Hurt My Pride'

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Trade from Browns Stunned Richardson; RB Happy with His New Home, but Acknowledges Ex-Team 'Hurt My Pride'

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Byline: Vito Stellino

When running back Trent Richardson was playing for Nick Saban at Alabama, he got some good advice from the coach.

"He said it's nothing personal, it's business,'' Richardson said.

He found out firsthand less than two weeks ago when Richardson was surprisingly traded to the Colts.

"It's been a whirlwind,'' he said. "It's crazy and starting to sink in that I'm actually a real Colt now. Even in the game [last Sunday], it was unbelievable to me.''

The third pick in the 2012 draft, Richardson was expected to be a major block in the Cleveland Browns' rebuilding program.

Then for reasons that are still unclear, he was suddenly dealt to Indianapolis for a 2014 first-round pick. The Colts needed a running back after Vick Ballard was lost for the season.

Browns CEO Joe Banner explained the trade by saying: "I understand the skepticism for now. But we have to do what we think is right and move the franchise forward and get it to where we want it to be."

In his Colts debut, Richardson gained 35 yards in 12 carries against San Francisco last Sunday. With Ahmad Bradshaw out with a neck injury, Richardson will be in the starting lineup against the Jaguars on Sunday.

He also hopes this is the beginning of a long career with Indianapolis.

"I don't want to be on another squad,'' he said. "I want to be here for the long run.''

He said he prefers the atmosphere in Indianapolis to the one in Cleveland.

"It's very different. It's more family-like, people actually come to work and are just ready to work and have fun. People are enjoying their jobs,'' he said.

He said if the players aren't giving their all, "these guys will get onto you about that and make sure you're working.''

Asked if the players in Cleveland weren't giving their all, Richardson said: "I can't say they weren't giving their all, but ... sometimes you have a mind-set saying you don't want to go to work today or something like that. You get a different vibe with the family and the brotherly love here.''

Richardson is still puzzled why the Browns gave up on him. …

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