Sometimes an underlying problem could affect an athlete’s performance on the field and that sounds like the case with Trent Richardson.
Alabama football fans had high hopes when Trent Richardson became the third overall pick by the Cleveland Browns in the 2012 NFL Draft. Richardson rushed for almost 1,000 yards and scored 11 touchdowns as a rookie, but averaged only 3.6 yards a carry.
After another season with the Browns and then two with the Indianapolis Colts, the production just wasn’t there anymore, only scoring six touchdowns.
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Coach John Harbaugh and the Baltimore Ravens decided to give him one more shot heading into this season but that ended on Tuesday when he was cut so that he could rehab a knee injury. Coach Harbaugh said that this doesn’t close the door on another chance with the organization.
With everything that seemed to be lining up perfectly for the former Alabama running back, what could derail the train off of the tracks? It sounds like money hungry folks played a huge part in that.
You can hear the chatter among sports fans saying that Richardson just lost it in terms of his play on the field. I don’t believe that for one second. Anytime you have trouble with friends and especially family that start coming to you for money, it takes a lot out of you. According to an “E:60” interview with Richardson, he told them that friends and family spent $1.6 million of his money in a period between January 2015 and October in 2015.
“I finally just looked at my bank statement, and I was just like, ‘Where did this come from? Where did that come from?’” Richardson said. “And my guy was sitting there telling me, ‘Man, we was telling you.’ I know he was telling me, but that’s just like telling a kid to stop running in the hall. They’re going to still do it when you turn your back or you leave.
“It’s just one of them moments to where I was just blinded by my heart, by loving everybody and thinking that everyone was for me. I know they love me. I know they do care. But at the time, they took advantage of it.”
I know it’s not an excuse, but it is in some way. When you have things like that going on at home, it will start to take its toll on you especially if some try to make you feel shameful if you declined to help after they were there for you in the beginning. It will affect job duties as well as relationships with friends and family that didn’t try to take advantage of you.
He may have many folks that have given up on him, but not me. When you’re doing what you can and what you really shouldn’t be doing by helping out those acquaintances, it can play with your mind and start to interfere with other aspects of life until you get rid of the freeloaders.
I am still pulling for him if he does get another shot. It sounds like many negative things have found their way out of his life. Keep your circle close and leave the past behind. Live YOUR life and the rest will fall into place.