Before his final year at Alabama, Trent Richardson told Bruce Feldman of ESPN The Magazine that he had been writing down his goals each morning:
"It's easy to set a goal and slack off or forget about it. But when you write it down, you're saying, 'I want to achieve this, and I don't want to fail.'"
The result of that goal-scribbling? Fourteen games played, 1,679 rushing yards, 21 rushing touchdowns and 29 receptions for 338 receiving yards and three touchdowns.
While that worked out in a big way for the star Crimson Tide running back, carrying an NFL team on his back may be just a tad bit more difficult.
Nevertheless, the rookie running back told Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal:
When I get done with this game in the NFL, hopefully they can say that this guy’s gotta be compared to Richardson. Now they compare folks to Marshall Faulk to be one of the greatest. When it comes down to it, the sky is the limit for my game.
Richardson is a patient runner, he’s powerful, he is fast enough, he’s a good blocker in pass protection and he has good hands.
And he's tough: An impressive 49.7 percent of his rushing yards in 2011 came after contact (787 of 1,583).
Oh, did we mention he’s got a tremendous work ethic and universally high marks for character?
So what could go wrong?
James Harrison, Rey Maualuga, Ray Lewis. And that’s only three of the defenders Mr. Richardson must face in 2012. Did I mention he gets to play them twice each?