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After a whirlwind few days, Trent Richardson scores a touchdown in his Colts debut

Intro: Trent Richardson’s first touch in a Colts uniform resulted in a touchdown. That score helped the Colts to a 27-7 victory on Sunday and has Richardson loving his new team.





INDIANAPOLIS—While most of his new teammates were occupying themselves with college football, sleep or other activities during the Colts flight to the Bay Area on Saturday afternoon, Trent Richardson was wide eyed in his new playbook.

This was a popular sight for Richardson ever since arriving to Indianapolis as the sun was rising Thursday morning.

The cramming nature was a must if Richardson was going to be ready for his first game with the Colts.

All those studies paid off as Richardson scored a touchdown on his first touch in a Colts uniform.

"It's been crazy. It's been a lot to take in as far as family, friends, teammates," Richardson told NBC's Alex Flannigan after Sunday's game. "I've been on this team for three days, got my first TD, my first win, it feels good, real good."


On Thursday and Friday, Richardson was inside of the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center well before morning meetings and not leaving until a couple hours after the team's afternoon practices concluded.

It was not something Richardson was expecting at all this time last week.

Richardson practiced on Wednesday for the Cleveland Browns before learning he had been traded to the Colts via the radio on his trip home from the Browns facility.

On Saturday night, Richardson told Jim Nantz and Phil Simms of CBS Sports that this was the most tired he had ever felt going into a football game.

After playing a total of 29 snaps in the Colts 27-7 victory on Sunday, Richardson admitted that it took some time for the game to slow down.

"I knew the game was going to come to me and I just had to let the game come to me," Richardson said following the game.

"Andrew Luck is a genius and Ahmad Bradshaw helped me out. All the guys on the offense helped me out and they were encouraging. They want to be great and I know why I am here. I am here for the long run and I am not going anywhere. We are going to be a great team."

With Luck and Richardson now in the same backfield, the Colts have the No. 1 and No. 3 overall picks from the 2012 NFL Draft.

Against the 49ers, Richardson had 13 carries for 35 yards and has already earned high praise from his new quarterback.

"I can't imagine practicing Wednesday in one city and then you get on a flight and you are practicing Thursday in another city," Luck said of Richardson.

"We all know he is a football player. No stage is too big for him and we hardly ever saw his eyes get big or wide like 'oh my gosh what do I do'."

Richardson calls Luck a "rocket scientist" and told ESPN radio on Monday morning that Luck was the smartest player he has ever played with.

Following Sunday's win, Chuck Pagano told the media that Richardson met the coach's expectations.

"We know what kind of back we have. We knew that when he came out," Pagano said of Richardson. "All he said to me when he walked through our doors, he was obviously excited to be a Colt, 'Anything I have to do, all I want to do is win.' And that is what he is, a winner."

The long hours Richardson logged late in the week were well worth it come Sunday evening.

Richardson has been apart of some memorable wins in his young football career and he's hoping this is the first of many in his new home.

"This feels real good. It has been a long time since I have really felt like this. So it feels real good."

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