After a stellar career at Alabama and a pretty good rookie year with the Cleveland Browns, it seemed like Trent Richardson was on his way towards a productive NFL career.
That wasn't the case, as he flopped miserably on the Indianapolis Colts and ended up struggling afterwards with the Oakland Raiders in the preseason last year.
Richardson took the year off and is now trying to get on the Baltimore Ravens roster. Where did everything go wrong?
According to the man himself, he says it was very easy to become lazy in the NFL. After a strict regimen under Nick Saban with the Crimson Tide, Richardson had to transition to being on his own in the NFL.
"It's very easy to get lazy in the NFL -- not having everything scheduled and not having everything like at Alabama where it was so structured," Richardson said, via NFL.com. "We had study hall or we had to get a workout in in between classes and had five classes a day. It was just so structured. In the NFL, everything's on your own."
The article by NFL.com goes on to talk about how Richardson had Popeye's fried chicken the night before meeting with the Ravens, and then having a heavy breakfast with pancakes and grits for the day of the workout.
"I didn't think I was working out," Richardson said. "They were like, 'You ready to go work out?' I'm like, 'Work out?' That was right before the workout and I got weighed right before that. I was like, 'Oh my God.' And I jumped on the scale and I was like, 'Oh my God. I've been doing so good...'"
Richardson was at 238 pounds when being weighed in, and though he impressed Ozzie Newsome, they wanted him to lose weight still. He nows weighs in at 218, but he still has work to do if comebacks by other NFL draft busts indicate anything (i.e. JaMarcus Russell, who lost weight in his NFL comeback).