“Keep rooting for the Browns. Don’t give up on them. … It’s going to happen. It’s going to be big too. They got a program that’s going in the right direction. I hated to leave Cleveland. I loved Cleveland. I loved being around [the fans].”
“Their group [front office] there, they know what they’re doing. Browns fans, please be behind them 100 percent. Don’t lose the fan base over this. Still root for them. Keep hope, because it’s going to happen. The Browns are going to be good for a while when it does happen.”
— Trent Richardson’s various messages to Cleveland Browns fans, as shared by a number of different media sources, notably from 19 Action News‘ interview. Richardson said yesterday’s trade to Indianapolis “shocked” him, was “weird” and he didn’t see it coming. However, he did receive a phone call from the Browns before hearing it on the radio, contrary to previous reports. The 22-year-old back from Alabama said he had bought a house in Cleveland and had assumed he would have a long career with the franchise. Now, he says he does have a chip on his shoulder and looks forward to playing with Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.
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