Sep 15, 2013; Atlanta, GA, USA; St. Louis Rams running back Daryl Richardson (26) runs after a catch in the first half against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Ramblin' Fan Interview With Daryl Richardson

Sep 8, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Rams running back Daryl Richardson (26) avoids Arizona Cardinals cornerback Jerraud Powers (25) after a pass reception during the first half at Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier this week we had an amazing opportunity to ask St. Louis Rams running back Daryl Richardson a few questions. First and foremost we would like to thank Daryl Richardson and his manager for making this all possible and we wish him a fast, speedy recovery this offseason. Here’s what Richardson had to say:
 

Growing up, which player did you look up to and why? 
I really looked up to Barry Sanders. He was a great player and just seemed like a good guy. I really like the way he ran and his speed.

 

After the loss of Sam Bradford against the Panthers, what was the mentality in the locker room?
I think everyone stayed really positive and focused. It is always a loss any time you have a player that is hurt but I think the team worked really hard to make sure nobody lost focus.

 

How did your injury effect you last season? Where are you in the recovery process?
My injury obviously took a toll on how I was able to perform and participate during the season. It was very frustrating to not have a way to fix the problem and to know that it was just going to take time. Right now I am feeling a lot better and finally feeling like I am about ready to get back out there and go full force.

 

With the Rams having a pretty deep backfield, what sets you apart from a guy like Zac Stacy, Benny Cunningham, or Isaiah Pead?
When you look at any player at this level it is obvious that each person has a tremendous amount of talent. Zac has abilities to do things I can’t and Benny, Chase, and Isaiah can do things that Zac can’t, we each have our own unique style and game. I think that a lot of my strength comes from my speed though.

 

What was it like playing with a legend of the game like Steven Jackson in your first season? What was the most impactful thing that Steven Jackson taught you?
I truly believe that God was looking out for me when he put me with Steven my first season. I can’t think even begin to tell you what a blessing that man has been to me both on and off the field. I think it is rare to find someone in this line of work that is willing to truly reach out and try to help or teach someone, especially in the same position.

 

Steven has taught me a lot but I’d say the most impactful thing was his acceptance of me as a teammate and person instead of treating me like his competitor. I definitely couldn’t have come in under a better man.

 

What are your expectations for 2014?
In 2014 I feel like I am going to come back strong and ready to play better than ever. I expect my team to have a great season and for my coaches/managers to bring in some great draft picks. There is no doubt that we have an talented group of guys and I’m looking forward to what is in store for all of us. I’m fully expecting us to make it to the playoffs and hopefully the superbowl.

 

Do you feel like you guys can compete with the 49ers, Cardinals, and Seahawks for the NFC West next season?
I feel that we have the ability and talent to compete with anyone. Like I said, every person on this level has talent, it is just a matter of learning how to work as a team and I think that we are making great strides in that direction.
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