Trent Richardson to Browns fans: “Don’t give up”

“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.

[Related: Joe Banner’s Browns have not earned the benefit of the doubt]

  • mgbode

    Easy for you to say Trent, you got out.

  • MrCleaveland

    A class guy.

    Best wishes.

  • stin4u

    Definitely classy. Good luck big guy. Ugh.

  • Jared in LA

    Classy dude no doubt, we appreciate it.

  • Kevin B

    This 23-year-old young man with a tough life story who comes from a rough neighborhood has more class in his pinkie finger than the entire front office.

  • TNB

    This is where the browns will miss Richardson the most. He was the best offensive skill player, yes, but this guy was more than likely going to be the face of this franchise sooner rather than later. Is he the next AP? No, probably not, and to be honest its not like the front office traded away the heart of a team that was 12-4 and won the conference championship last season. This was a calculated move to sell high. first round picks are great bargaining chips. We might not eve have to draft a better QB, for instance, when we could leverage a few picks for someone like Josh Freeman or even Kyle Orton (not that I’m saying use a first for them specifically, but in a package deal) this team has a lot of flexibility coming up and the chance to really improve for the long haul, and not just a short term season or two while the division is weak.

  • spencer096

    classy as hell

  • humboldt

    In watching Trent’s interview, I couldn’t help but think: that’s how you stand up during adverse times and meet the moment.

    I hope you’re taking note, Mike Lombardi.

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  • hutch058

    Looks like i’m gonna be watching some Colts games this year…Good luck T-Rich

  • hutch058

    Trent said that Chud’s text said that the decision ‘came from above…’ I wonder how much input the coaches really have in this team’s decision making process…Man, Lombardi had better get this draft right….

  • CB Everett

    Classy move and says the FO knows what they’re doing. Sounds like he got that it wasn’t a personal thing–just a good business decision for the Browns long term. All the national media outlets are saying as much too (Grantland had a good piece, ESPN, CBS Sports, etc).

  • saggy

    I hope this guy runs for 2,000 yards and makes the playoffs.

  • zonk

    I know he did not meet the expectations based on the 3rd overall selection, I just have a “gut feeling” he will be vastly improved in an offense not built in the 80s, or operated by a starting pitcher with a 6+ ERA.

  • Natedawg86

    next season

  • cmm13

    Can whomever is handling his PR/media grooming talk to the number of knuckle heads still on this team?

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  • Vindictive_Pat

    Trent Richardson just Jimmy V’d us. In other words, the Browns are cancerous.

    Good luck T-Rich… may you be extremely mediocre this season only to bounce back as a top-3 RB next season.

  • NeedsFoodBadly

    Helluva statement from a young guy. I hope he does blossom in Indianapolis.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    A couple of people have fallen off the Patriots band wagon so if you want on just let me know. You’ll require some reprogramming but I have confidence that you’ll be okay and be a fine addition to the family.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Lose him but keep Little, Gordon and that LB who likes hookers. I can’t remember his name the new guy from Arizona.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    I hope he has a great season now especially since I have him on an 0-2 fantasy team.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Tough one this week with the 49ers. It’ll be interesting to see how much playing Richardson does in the game.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    boo to you again ya meanie!

  • mgbode

    My mom is from NH. I grew up diametrically opposed to her sport teams (in a fun way). There is no way I could ever cross that bridge. But, I also watch the Browns alone, I don’t pick the Browns for my sons’ flag football jersey, and I do not push the Browns on them at all.

    They love the Indians(and like the Astros), they like the Cavs(and Spurs). For football, they are Texan fans. They recognize the helmet from the stuff I wear, but I am sheltering them from that grief.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    WELL! If that’s how you are going to be I rescind my offer besides it came at a moment of weakness therefore it wasn’t 100% genuine.

    I’ve never met your mother, I think, but she sounds like an intelligent woman. I knew you couldn’t be completely misguided even for a Cleveland fan in Texas!

  • mgbode

    Yep, that’s how it’s gonna be {as line is being drawn in the sand with the toe of my boot}

  • Guest

    Good Luck, Trent. May our paths will cross again someday…

    …in the AFC Championship game.

  • BuckeyeDawg

    Good luck Trent. May our paths cross again someday…

    …in the AFC Championship Game.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Well don’t say I didn’t give you a chance now it’s on like Donkey Kong!

  • maxfnmloans

    I’ve been a Tom Brady fan ever since I was screaming at Lloyd Carr for playing Drew freakin Henson over him, so I don’t mind when they win..

    Still don’t think I could ever actively “root” for another team though.

  • The_Matt_Of_Akron

    Watching AND rooting for them to lose, right?

  • Drew

    So if he really did receive a phone call before it, then why did Trent himself say on camera he heard it on the radio? Stop trying to gloss over this organization’s repeated gross incompetence.
    This organization hits lower depths every day. And most of us fans are no better. It’s the equivalent of stabbing ourselves in the eye with a fork over and over again and wondering why our eye hurts.

  • Jaker

    Class. Thanks. Trent.

    But do us a favor… Play well, NEXT year. We need that first rounder to be decently high