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Richardson Beats Odds, Signs Pro Deal

By: Jason Kahn Email
By: Jason Kahn Email

Tallahassee, FL - As Kent Richardson lifts toward his new journey, he takes a moment to reflect. He's humble, but in retrospect, he makes comparisons to those who couldn't compete with him. Yet, they were still given a shot at stardom and he wasn't. But, now after years of waiting, he's a Cleveland Brown - proof that he's beaten the odds.

"It starts all over again," Richardson said. "I've been doing it since high school. So I'm used to it. I'm ready."

When Richardson played for Rickards he had to deal with a coaching change. That didn't stop the five-foot, 11-inch safety from picking off a scholarship to West Virginia.

However, Richardson had to endure another coaching swap, which greatly affected his performance on the field.

"I didn't get the opportunity to play like I wanted to or like I thought I should," he said.

Richardson went undrafted out of college. His only opportunity in the pros came in Green Bay at a rookie minicamp. That lasted only a weekend.

That's when he turned to the Arena Football League's Philadelphia Soul. After leading the league with 14 interceptions, the Browns gave him a chance.

"I did a really good job at the tryout and they were like, 'Yeah, we need somebody like you to help us win.' So they signed me," he said.

The deal is a three year, $1.4 million dollar contract.

"All this work I've been putting in you really couldn't see that light at the end of the tunnel. And I asked 'What am I doing?,'" Richardson said. "Sometimes you'd ask yourself what am I doing it for? But somwhere, someway, somebody's watching you. And once he made that call it almost brought tears to my eyes. It's been that long and I've been waiting that long for my shot."


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