On an NFL field, Trent Richardson was never quite able to take advantage of openings in the offensive line, leading to his demise from a third overall pick to a draft bust who just couldn't put together his vision, physicality and athleticism into an effective package. However, it looks as though an opening presented itself outside of the NFL for Richardson, and he's not going to let this one close.
According to the official Twitter page of los Caudillos de Chihuahua, a team in the Liga Nacional de Fútbol Americano de México, Richardson has been welcomed aboard and signed as a new running back.
"This whole team, this is a family, and I like being around types of environments like that," Richardson said, adding that he tried to do the same with his own family. "It's a pleasure, it's an honor to be here. It's a blessing. I've had a lot of fun, it's been a tremendous trip. I can't wait to come back and get started."
However, his exact role wasn't something that was exactly clear.
"My role would be, uh, we'll have to let y'all know. The breaking news is gonna come out soon," Richardson said. "But I know when I do get here, I do wanna win. And I do come to win fast, and I'm gonna bring a lot with me as far as my mindset and teaching and helping bring awareness to the community into our team and what this team is about... it's hard to turn down anything that these guys throw at us."
To put it bluntly, I guess we should temper our expectations that we're going to see the former Alabama standout rumbling out of the backfield and over defensive lines, but that would also seem to be the most likely role for him. But the intrigue remains as to what exactly he'll be doing while with los Caudillos.
Richardson played with Mexican quarterback Luis Perez on the Birmingham Iron in the Alliance of American Football in 2019 following a short stint in the CFL throughout 2017. Before that, he played for the Browns and Colts throughout parts of three seasons.