The Browns moved up in the draft in a deal with the Minnesota Vikings to select the running back from Alabama and now the pressure is on him to perform even with some onlookers like Jim Brown doubting in his ability to prop up the franchise.
“Oh yeah I recognize it. I don’t think it’s pressure,” Richardson said during a visit on ESPN 850 WKNR, according to sportsradiointerviews.com. “For me it’s another opportunity to show that I’m that guy that they did go up from four to three and one of the reasons that they did come to get me in the first round, one of the reasons they did take a rookie running back in the top ten. I want to be the guy that the decision makers are talking about the top running backs.
“One of my goals is I want to be the best, one of the best running backs in the game when it comes to the end of the season. I always have big shoes to fill. I’ve always had big shoes to fill. I played behind Mark Ingram. He was the Heisman Trophy winner so I had to go out there and prove I could do as good as him and I’m not saying I did it all by myself but my work ethic and my teammates helped me with it.”
Richardson believes the sports fans in Cleveland are behind their athletes.
“They are hungry,” he said. “They are committed to all of their athletes and they love football. Everybody knows that they had the great basketball player but I’ve really found out from some of the basketball players, Kyrie (Irving) and Tristan (Thompson), that Cleveland is really a football state. Cleveland Browns fans are behind their football players as much as they can be. We’re going to be behind them 100 percent this year. We want to put Cleveland on our shoulders this year and take it to the top. That’s how we’re working this year and that’s what Cleveland deserves.”
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