Barry Sanders: Trent Richardson is Not “Ordinary”

In response to Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown’s comments on Alabama’s Trent Richardson, long-time Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders says that the Browns’ recent third-overall selection is far from “ordinary.”

“I see a guy built in my frame, around 5-foot-10, built very well,” said Sanders. “He’s one of those smaller guys who could be one those guys who can run inside. He ran well inside in college. Kind of reminds me of Maurice Jones-Drew — very compact who runs a lot bigger than he is.”

Sanders, who retired as the second-leading rusher in NFL history, made a living out of being a diminutive three-down, home run-hitting back. While the style of play has changed since he (and Brown) played, Sanders stated that the lack of “impact” running backs in the league could be due to play-calling. Per Sanders, Richardson, who excelled in the SEC, has the potential to step into the NFL and be an impact player from Day One.

[Related: Browns Select Trent Richardson #3 in the 2012 NFL Draft]

  • ChadF

    I watched the beginning of the Jim Brown interview and after he said that, in the same breath, he also said that T Rich reminds him of Emmitt Smith.  Correct me if I’m wrong but I think that guy has a couple of rings and a Hall of Fame bust.  If I’m thinking of the same Emmitt Smith.  

  • JohnMellor

    I think he was referring to Emmett Smith, the manager at that new Giant Eagle in Broadview Heights.  Real nice guy, but a bit ordinary.

  • Natedawg86

    Jim Brown has been drinking Haterade since he started acting.

  • BuckeyeDawg

     And we definitely don’t want to confuse either of these guys with Dr. Emmett Brown…who was anything but ordinary…

  • Harv 21

    JB just popped a bottle to celebrate the media calls he knows he’ll get today to respond to the Sanders quote.

    Go on, Jim. It’s gonna be another beautiful day.

  • Garry_Owen

    Jim Brown would like to note for the record that Barry Sanders was “pedestrian” and “uninspiring.” 

  • JJ

    If Richardson is “ordinary,” then Jim Brown himself was “a decent back”

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    Why is Barry Sanders the “second leading rusher in NFL history”?  Did Walter Payton get taken off the list when he died?

    RIP Sweetness.

  • Mansoor Khan

    Well, I certainly hope he’s not ordinary…

  • Nobody

    When Barry retired, I’d think Walter Payton was the only rusher in front of him on the list…Emmitt certainly wasn’t there yet.

  • DT91nmj

    Agreed and LMAO, Jmmy’s been pretty bitter for a while now. He’s only ever given credit to himself and the guy in the mirror. 

  • Natedawg86

    Rumor has it that he once got in a fight with the guy in the mirror because he didn’t like the way he was looking at him.

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  • Lekraus

     if Barry and Brown didn’t retire when they did both of them would have set rushing records that would have never been threatened.  they are the best two running backs to ever grace the field.  i agree Brown is now mouthy about today’s running backs but if there are any retired running backs that have the right to make those statements it’s Brown and Barry the two greatest running backs that we have been blessed to see.  Brown and Barry could have came out of retirement at 40 and instantly been the best running backs that year.