The Cleveland Browns coaching staff has named rookie running back Trent Richardson as the fourth captain for the team’s upcoming contest against the Cincinnati Bengals. Having one captain representing each side of the ball, the team has used the “fourth captain” spot as a rotating means of reward.
“It’s most definitely [an honor],” said Richardson following Wednesday’s practice. “To be a game captain, it means a lot to me. It’s an honor and it’s a privilege really. It means the guys have a lot of respect for me, it means I’ve earned and I’ve learned a lot since I’ve been here.”
On the season, Richardson, the third-overall pick in the most recent NFL Draft, has amassed 303 yards and court touchdowns on 81 rushing attempts, adding 169 yards and an additional touchdown through the air. Despite his production, the Browns remain 0-5 and will face a division foe to which they have already lost during the 2012 season.
“There’s still a lot to go as far as my potential and as far as this year, there’s still a lot to go for us as a football team,” said Richardson. “These guys believe in me and they are showing me and telling me that, ‘We behind you, lead us on.”