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April 27, 2012 - Mike McLain
BEREA -- One of the newest members of the Browns responded to negative comments made by Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown.

Running back Trent Richardson, whom Brown called "ordinary" during a radio interview this week, was talking about the elite backs in the league when he dropped Brown's name.

"I can be one of those guys that you can mention my name with that type of back or be an Emmitt Smith-type back or Marshall Faulk or even the great Jim Brown,” Richardson said. “One thing you take to the grave with you is how you’re remembered. That’s going to be on me."

Richardson appeared with fellow first-round pick Brandon Weeden at a Friday afternoon press conference. Weeden, a quarterback from Oklahoma State, was selected with the 22nd pick.

One of Richardson's goal will be to prove that the NFL can be a running back-friendly game again. It's widely believed that the league has become quarterback-driven and that running backs are a dime-a-dozen commodity.

"Football is football,” Richardson said. “Whether it’s cold or hot, you still have to put on your pads. You still have to hit somebody, and somebody has to hit you. I have to make sure I get in shape for it.

“You need a running back in this league. When you look back to old-school teams that have won Super Bowls, they had good running games.”

Weeden was once a top prospect in the New York Yankees' farm system. After failing to move above Class A baseball he decided to enroll at Oklahoma State in 2007 and begin a football career.

Five years later he became a first-round draft choice at the age of 28.

"In conversations I had with obviously this organization, they felt it wouldn’t be an issue,” Weeden said. “I’ve been consistent with that all along. My baseball background prepares me for what I’m about to go through. Being 28, I use it as an advantage to me.”


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