The two of them took wildly different paths to the NFL, but childhood friends Trent Richardson and Alfred Morris are both off to promising starts of what should be productive careers. Richardson, who was taken with the third overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns, said the two have known each other since they were six year olds growing up in Pensacola, Florida.
This Sunday, the two of them will face each other for the first time in their NFL careers when the Browns and Redskins get together, and both of them are happy that the other is doing well:
"[It's] not a pride thing," said Morris, who turned 24 on Wednesday. "We're in two totally different situations, two different divisions. I don't take pride in having more rushing yards. I really don't even think about it. I'm just happy that he's doing good and that I'm doing good. ... Just to make it this far coming from where we came from is just an accomplishment in itself."
Richardson has put up 849 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Browns this year, but has been slowed by injuries at times. Morris, meanwhile, is fourth in the NFL with 1,228 yards after being selected with the 173rd overall pick coming out of Florida Atlantic. Morris and fellow rookie Robert Griffin III are currently the NFL's most potent rushing tandem.