Former Browns and Colts running back Trent Richardson is widely considered one of the biggest busts in NFL history. Hyped as one of the best running back prospects of his generation, Richardson averaged 3.3 yards per carry through three NFL seasons and hasn't played in a regular-season game since 2014. The only player in league history with at least 600 career carries and a lower per-carry average is Brett Favre.
Richardson also spent time during the offseason on the Raiders (2015) and Ravens (2016) rosters.
Richardson's troubles did not end there, though, as we learned in an E:60 segment hosted on his financial issues hosted by ESPN's Shelley Smith.
Among some choice quotes:
- Richardson, on his state of mind: "It's scary to have all that much money in the world and not be happy. It's almost like you broke and broken-hearted."
- Richardson on his family: "I could remember in the game I was thinking about, 'Did everybody get tickets?' I had like 30 or 40-something tickets and I'm thinking about this stuff in the game. I'm actually looking up in the box, making sure that my people are in there."
- Richardson on finding out his family and friends spent $1.6 million of his money in 10 months: "I finally just looked at my bank statement, and I was just like, 'Where did this come from? Where did that come from?' And my guy was sitting there telling me, 'Man, we was telling you.' I know he was telling me, but that's just like telling a kid to stop running in the hall. They're going to still do it when you turn your back or you leave. It's just one of them moments to where I was just blinded by my heart, by loving everybody and thinking that everyone was for me. I know they love me. I know they do care. But at the time, they took advantage of me."
- Richardson on finding out he had 11 Netflix accounts and eight Hulu accounts under his name, as well as multiple charges on Amazon.com and for bottle service at clubs: "I don't even get on the Internet like that, and I don't even drink."
- Richardson on suspicious disappearance of money: "There's been money missing that I didn't know about. Did I get it back? No."
Upon entering the NFL on a four-year $20.5 million contract, Richardson bought a six-bedroom house in Cleveland with an outdoor kitchen and an arcade room for $825,000. He also rented a house for his mother nearby and bought his grandmother a five-bedroom house for $350,000 in Pensacola, Fla.
"He felt like he was obligated to bring all these people with him. He didn't want to leave anybody behind," Richardson's friend Ladaron Clardy said.
And that wasn't all he used his money for:
Richardson: "I just made sure that my immediate family was taken care of. And so then it came to everybody outside immediate family. You got people coming from everywhere."
Smith: "What kind of calls did you get?"
Richardson: "You get calls, 'Man, my car's gonna get repo'd.' So I'm like 'OK, how much is it? Oh that's it? Alright, I'll send it to you.' Send it out to em."
Smith: "How did you send it? Wire it?"
Richardson: "Wire it out. Give $10,000 this week away. Then the next week you get a call the next week, 'Man, somebody's gonna repo my house. I'm fitting to get evicted.' Another $10,000 go out. It's stuff like that that adds up."
When he got traded to the Indianapolis Colts, he bought another million-dollar mansion and paid movers to bring his stuff and his family down from Cleveland, even though he says he asked his family why they couldn't do the moving for him.
According to Richardson's brother Terrell, the following people were living with Richardson: "Me, my brother, my older brother visited frequently, Trent's kids, Trent's girlfriend, my uncle, my Aunt Vera, my cousin Julius, my cousin Devin, a friend of our family's Marlon."
After washing out of Oakland last offseason and reviewing his finances, Richardson got rid of everybody, including his brother, who he was paying roughly $100,000 to be a personal assistant. He plans to live with his grandmother in Pensacola and continue his rehab, and now has enough money left to support himself and his immediately family.