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Trent Richardson earns Jim Brown stamp of approval

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CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 28: Running back Trent Richardson #33 of the Cleveland Browns runs the ball by cornerback Quentin Jammer #23 of the San Diego Chargers at Cleveland Browns Stadium on October 28, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

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Cleveland rookie running back Trent Richardson turned in a legendary performance Sunday, and was congratulated by a legend for it.

Richardson was greeted after the game by Hall of Famer Jim Brown, putting aside some of the previous criticisms that made their relationship a chilly one.

The man who Brown called “ordinary” back in the spring turned in a Brown-like 24 carries for 122 yards and the only touchdown in a 7-6 win over the Chargers.

That’s my partner, man,” Brown said, via Tony Grossi of “He never took anything I said the wrong way. He’s interested in his family. He’s interested in his team.

“He’s hurt and he performed in a way that he didn’t have to. It’s an attitude. He did that for his team.”

Richardson’s game as he recovered from a rib injury showed toughness, but so did the Browns as a whole.

They played turnover-free football on a raw, rainy, windy Cleveland afternoon.

“I’m still thawing out,” Richardson said. “[Teammates] said it’s not even cold yet. Felt cold to me. This is football weather.”

And Richardson looked like a football player in it, like Brown did so many years ago.