Georgia Football: Bulldogs Will Make Sheldon Richardson Pay for 'Old Man' Quote

Barrett Sallee@BarrettSalleeSEC Football Lead WriterSeptember 4, 2012

Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson / Photo Credit: Bill Carter
Missouri DT Sheldon Richardson / Photo Credit: Bill Carter

Providing bulletin-board material is one thing.

Providing enough to fill up the whole wall is another.

Missouri defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson did the latter after Missouri's season-opener, when he slighted Georgia and the SEC, according to the Columbia (Mo.) Daily Tribune.

Richardson, a 6'4" 295-pounder who tallied 37 tackles, 11 tackles for loss and three sacks last season wasn't impressed with the Bulldogs' 45-23 win over the Buffalo Bulls.

"I watched that game. I turned it off, too," Richardson said. "It's like watching Big Ten football. It's old-man football. If we execute, nobody in this league can touch us. Period."

No, Mr. Richardson, it's not "old-man" football, it's "grown-man" football.

Don't believe me? Ask Michigan, Oregon, Texas, Oklahoma and Ohio State.

Judging from reports, head coach Gary Pinkel wasn't too thrilled with Richardson's antics.

According to the Associated Press, Richardson has "earned himself a vacation" from talking to the media.

That's probably a good idea.

The SEC hasn't won six straight national titles by accident. It has won them due in large part to the athleticism and depth that typically exists in the trenches.

Sheldon Richardson may, in fact, be one of those players that further defines the SEC. But saying that it's "old-man football" without ever having played against an SEC opponent is silly, irresponsible and most importantly naive.

I have no problem with anyone having confidence. Confidence is one of the traits that anyone must have to be successful.

But there's a fine line between confidence and arrogance, and Richardson knocking the nation's best conference with no frame of reference certainly crossed that line.

Georgia's offensive line is inexperienced, but it's talented and physical.

That offensive line didn't need any more motivation for its SEC opener, but Richardson provided some. Now he's got a target on his back, and he only has himself to blame.