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"Stacking Those Blocks": Iron RB Trent Richardson discusses leadership, joint practice with Salt Lake Stallions

January 11, 2019 - Alliance of American Football (AAF) - Birmingham Iron News Release

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Birmingham Iron running back Trent Richardson is ready to take the reigns of the team from a leadership standpoint.

Seven days into camp, Richardson is one of the offense's top leaders and a respected voice on the team. Richardson helped set the tone for the Iron with his physical running style during a joint practice with the Salt Lake Stallions on Friday.

Below is the transcript of Richardson's interview with Iron team reporter Marq Burnett following Day 7 of training camp.

On scrimmaging the Salt Lake Stallions today...

Richardson: "It feels good to be able to hit somebody else. We're not just hitting against ourselves. Guys are getting edgy. We're ready to start playing against different guys. It was fun today."

On the trash talk between teams being good for the game...

Richardson: "I mean it's always good for the sport. Football is a manly sport. It's one of those sports where guys want to show who is who. But at the end of the day, I feel like it doesn't take all that. But guys want to be guys."

On the camaraderie of the team competing against another team for the first time...

Richardson: "It shows that we got something special. It shows that both sides still need a lot of work. But we did a lot of great things out there. We showed that team chemistry, too."

On his role as one of the leaders on the team...

Richardson: "We set that (bar) high. Guys like 'QP' (Iron WR Quinton Patton), myself, (Iron QB) Luis (Perez), 'TP' (Iron WR Tobais Palmer), we always stay on top of guys. We make sure that we're leading by example because we don't anybody to look at us like, 'well these guys aren't doing it, so why do we have to do it?' One thing about leadership, that's the first thing for us."

On his plans for the first player off day Saturday...

Richardson: "For me, this rest day. (I want to) spend time FaceTiming my kids and stuff like that. I'll check on my businesses. Really get into the film and how practice was today and the last seven days. It's a rest day, but it's not. It's being a professional."

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