Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan made news Tuesday on his visit to a Cleveland Browns complex when confused backup quarterback Colt McCoy with starter Brandon Weeden.
But another VIP visiting the complex with Ryan — former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice – had no trouble identifying the one Browns player she wanted to meet: running back Trent Richardson.
Rice is from Birmingham, and she appreciates what Richardson accomplished at Alabama. Here are the two paragraphs from The Associated Press story dealing with Rice and Richardson:
Rice has spent time at Cleveland’s training facility before. She’s been a fan of the Browns since she was a little girl growing up in Birmingham, Ala., where she and her father would watch the team’s games on television. Rice went out of her way to speak with Browns running back Trent Richardson, who played at Alabama.
“She told me she was a big fan and she said, ‘Roll Tide,’” Richardson said. “She mentioned my name when she was talking to the team so that was an honor.”
Richardson is listed as “limited” because of chest and rib issues in the Cleveland Browns injury report released Wednesday. The Browns play at Indianapolis at noon Sunday. Richardson said he plans to play with some kind of protection over his ribs.
Through six games, Richardson has rushed for 340 yards and caught 22 passes for 186 yards. He has five touchdowns, which is sixth in the NFL.