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Trent Richardson, the University of Alabama junior running back, took time to do an interview with The Capital Sports Report. The interview took place during the media availability prior to the Heisman Trophy announcement.
TCSR: Could you talk about your experience in New York City?
TR: “Being in the Big Apple is a dream come true. I knew there was a good chance I would be coming up here for the Heisman, so I knew my first-ever trip would be soon arriving. It has been fun with these guys. It has been fun getting to know these guys. This has been a life-changing experience, and I wish I could do this every day, but I can’t. I do have to be a dad.”
TCSR: Has 2009 Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram reached out to you to give you any advice about what to expect?
TR: “Yeah, he has told me to enjoy it. Not many people can say that they’ve been to the Big Apple to say they’ve been a finalist for this award. Win or lose, I’m always going to be a winner for being chosen to be here.”
TCSR: Could you talk about being the first from Pensacola to be a Heisman finalist?
TR: “It means a lot. Not even all-time great Emmitt Smith can say he was a Heisman candidate. To be the first one, it is really big. It would be a game-changer if I happened to win it.”
TCSR: Do you think more Pensacola players will be Heisman finalists in the future?
TR: “It makes me feel good, especially for Pensacola. I think we get overlooked. I don’t think we get enough attention. For me to come this far, I hope someone from Pensacola has a chance to go further. Who is going to be the next Emmitt Smith, or the next Trent Richardson or Derrick Brooks, Justin Gatlin or Roy Jones? Pensacola – I love being from there, and I know they are behind me a 100 percent.”
TCSR: What do you think about Robert Griffin potentially winning the award?
TR: “He is a great player, and I am happy for him. I’m happy for everybody who came here. I’m just happy to be here and that I got my name in this race. I don’t feel like I lost anything, because there was nothing to lose.”
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