Jim Brown made noise Thursday by calling Trent Richardson "ordinary" before the NFL draft. It's now Richardson's job to prove he can live up to Brown's legacy in Cleveland as a bruising, difference-making running back.
"I'm going to try to prove him wrong," Richardson said after he was selected with the third pick, which the Browns acquired in a trade with the Minnesota Vikings. "I'm an ordinary human, but as a back, I'm going to be that special guy."
Jim Brown was perhaps the greatest football player of all time. Cleveland will be happy if Richardson makes a few Pro Bowls. The Browns weren't the only team that saw Richardson as extraordinary. Browns general manager Tom Heckert's friend, Vikings GM Rick Spielman, told Heckert the Browns had a competing offer to move up for Richardson.
"I beat it," Heckert said. "We were pretty fired up. Trent was the guy we really wanted, and I'm glad it worked out."