Alabama in the Pros

Trent Richardson powers Iron to third straight win, team remains unbeaten

Photo from Birmingham Iron twitter account

Trent Richardson is having fun again and he is doing it with a team that resembles what he had under Nick Saban at the University of Alabama. 

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Richardson is playing behind a strong defense, a game manager at quarterback, and a coach in Tim Lewis — who wants his program to win.

After being featured on ESPN, before the Birmingham Iron’s meeting on Sunday versus Atlanta, the 2011 Heisman finalist, two-time national champion and the No. 3 overall pick of the 2012 NFL Draft propelled his team to its third straight win of the Alliance of American Football League season.  

While the offensive line for Birmingham needs to improve, Richardson collected three rushing touchdowns in getting the team a 28-12 victory. The Legends became the second opponent to allow a multi-scoring output from the former five-star, joining the Memphis Express from week one.

Richardson had two touchdowns versus the Express.

Following his second score versus the Legends, he told reporters that Birmingham had to “man up” offensively  

“They have a really big defensive front,” Richardson said.

“They are not trying to give us much room, so we take what we get. We just made sure we hit our assignments. It’s not about what they’re doing, it’s about what we are doing. We did what we had to do. We are catching more balls and Luis [Perez] managed the game pretty good. That brings a lot to the running game too.” 

He currently has six scores, which is second in the AAFL behind John Wolford of the Arizona Hotshots.

The starting quarterback has seven touchdown tosses and anchors a team that’s 2-1. 

For Richardson, he is starting to have more moments where he looks like the individual that dominated Southeastern Conference opponents for the Crimson Tide. It is a steady process for him to remain on schedule; however, a performance like this has him very proud. 

Richardson has the Iron tied for first place in the Eastern Conference with the Orlando Apollos, and it will face Orlando at home in Week 5 on Saturday, Mar. 9.  

Birmingham will return to Legion Field next week to battle the San Antonio Commanders.  

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Stephen M. Smith is the managing editor and senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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