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Monday, October 29, 2012
Jim Brown praises Trent Richardson

By Jamison Hensley

Rookie running back Trent Richardson did more than win Sunday's game for the Browns. He also won over his biggest critic.

Following the Browns' 7-6 victory over the Chargers, Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown went to Richardson's locker, where they reportedly posed for photographs and exchanged telephone numbers. No one would've expected a scene like this six months ago, when Brown called Richardson "ordinary" after the Browns selected him with the third overall pick.

"That's my partner, man," Brown said, via The Plain Dealer. "He's done everything I thought he should do. He never took anything I said the wrong way. He's interested in his family. He's interested in this team. And he's willing to make sacrifices because really, he's hurt more than you think he is right now."

Brown was right that Richardson never took the criticism the wrong way. But what Brown should have said Sunday was: he was wrong in his original assessment of Richardson.

My theory is Brown wouldn't have liked anyone that the Browns drafted in the first round that day. He was still upset at Mike Holmgren and the organization for being dismissed as a special adviser a couple of years ago.

Brown did the right thing in reaching out to Richardson on Sunday. Richardson gained a career-high 122 yards and scored the game's only touchdown. He did all of this with a rib cartilage injury. He deserved everyone's respect for that performance, including Brown's.

It was a good moment for the greatest running back in Browns history to endorse a player who is key to the team's future. This just should've happened six months ago.