Former SEC RBs Ballard and Richardson garnering praise in NFL


SDS doesn’t normally post highlights or information about the NFL, but we take exception when recent former SEC players get some pub for their play. Two recent SEC stars and current NFL rookie running backs Trent Richardson and Vick Ballard are getting much praise for their play in Sunday’s games for their team’s wins.

Former NFL great Jim Brown had labeled Trent Richardson ‘an ordinary back’, but through eight weeks, Brown is singing a different tune.

“That’s my partner, man,” Brown told Tony Grossi of ESPN Cleveland after the game. “He never took anything I said the wrong way. He’s interested in his family. He’s interested in his team. And he’s willing to make sacrifices because really, he’s hurt more than you think he is right now.

“Great running backs break tackles,” Brown said. “You do that, you are in control. You keep the ball. The other team is disheartened. That’s football.”

Richardson rushed for 122 yards and scored the team’s only touchdown in a 7-6 win over the Chargers.

Vick Ballard broke into the Indianapolis Colts lineup a couple weeks ago, and he’s already defying gravity. He wowed the NFL yesterday with his leaping touchdown to win the game on a screen pass from Andrew Luck.

Two current NFL rookies and former SEC running backs doing work in the NFL – it’s a beautiful thing.



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