Hall of Famer Jim Brown is finally coming around on Browns RB Trent Richardson

Rey Maualuga in the bottom right form-tackling teammate Leon Hall while Richardson heads for the end zone. (AP)

Browns running back Trent Richardson promised last week to let his play do his talking and that's exactly what happened days after Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga said "He can run you over and you can miss a tackle, at the same time, from what we've seen he didn't do anything spectacular. From running screens, missing passes, trying to find a hole when he's running the ball. He just didn't do anything spectacular from what I've seen."

Those observations came two months after Browns great and Hall of Famer Jim Brown uttered these words: "I'm not trying to be mean. There are certain people you look at and there's something special about them. I don't see it (in Richardson).”

Through it all, Richardson hasn't said much because, as promised, he's chosen to just play football and let others decide how good he is.

Well, after what the rookie first-round pick did to the Bengals on Sunday -- 19 rushes for 109 yards and a nifty 23-yard touchdown reception that made him look like the world's most agile receiver -- even Jim Brown had only laudatory things to say.

"I only saw highlights of the game," Brown told the Cleveland Plain Dealer's Bill Livingston, "but the one he scored on the pass showed an ability that they drafted him for. … I said, 'well, they'll tackle him now.' But they didn't. Then I said, 'well, he will go down now,' but he didn't. He kept doing that. It was impressive."

You can see the play in question here (pay special attention to Maualuga overrunning the play before whiffing on a chance to tackle Richardson).

Brown also revisited his comments from this summer.

"I didn't say he was ordinary to discourage anybody," he said. "I think he's from a good proving ground at Alabama. They turned out some pretty good backs for a team that's usually No. 1. …

"Richardson has to show he can consistently carry a team," Brown said. "The Browns have had some players that looked like they could, and it didn't work out."

And in quite possibly the most unintentionally hilarious comment of all time, Brown continued: "[Peyton] Hillis had a lot of talent. I was surprised we got him for what we did [for Brady Quinn]."

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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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