Jim Brown is an idiot. The bruising running back who made his name when weight training in the NFL was considered science fiction has fired off his mouth again.
Brown, a bitter, washed up NFL legend, had a few unconstructive things to say about his former team’s acquisition of former Alabama running back and Doak Walker Award winner, Trent Richardson.
“I think the kid is a good working back, and if you’ve got everything else around him he can play his role. But when it comes to outstanding, I don’t see anything outstanding about him. It’s not said in a cruel manner. He’s very efficient, and that’s what you want.”
In the radio interview with WKRN radio in Cleveland, Brown continued.
“I’m not trying to be mean. There are certain people you look at and there’s something special about them. I don’t see it.”
Since hanging up his cleats in 1965, Brown’s lone personal accomplishment has been his supporting acting role in the Wayans brothers’ “I’m Gonna Get You Sucka” in 1988.
Still, he’s a media guest of the Charles Barkley ilk guaranteed to give you a sound-byte…perfect for radio this time of year. Here’s more:
“You’re not going to make it with strength and ordinary speed and quickness,” Brown said. “I don’t think it’s even an issue. When you deal with Richardson, he comes out of that Alabama mold. He’ll work hard for you, and he’s kind of an all-around back. But if you look at Cleveland, I would have gotten me a couple of receivers.”
Interesting that Brown made that assertion, since the Browns organization’s well-documented pass on making Brown a part of their team.
Jim Brown was a prodigy on the field in his day…again when defensive tackles weighed in at a buck eighty. But today, Brown needs to shut his old, bitter hole.
Trent Richardson is everything that Brown is not…positive, youthful, and playing in a league where defensive backs can break you in half. A far different NFL from the one Brown “dominated” in his day.
Richardson’s style of carrying multiple defenders with him down the field has been compared to Brown at times, which is what could be irritating the old blow hard.
The difference is, Richardson does it against grown men as big or bigger than himself. Kickers and punters in today’s NFL are bigger than linebackers were in Brown’s day.
Trent has his opportunity to leave his mark in Cleveland. Brown has sure left his. The difference is, Brown’s mark leaves a smell from which most want to stay far away.