Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson ran a 4.43-yard dash, scored record-breaking spots on vertical and wide jumps and then effortlessly threw the ball 50 yards down the field on Saturday. He concluded what he called a “life-changing” week at the NFL Scouting Combine. He looked back on his time in Indianapolis with senior writer Vic Tavor.
Being around all the great players and meeting all the great coaches that I’ve seen on TV all these years has been life changing. I had a lot of fun, even though the schedule is crazy. You get up early every day and go to bed very late after formal meetings with the teams, but it’s all part of the process and I didn’t get tired one bit. I signed up for this one, so I had no choice but to love it — and I sure did.
I met over 20 teams, and each team seemed to be really trying to get to know me as a person in a very short amount of time. I’m a normal person and I’m not around like other midfielders, but I feel like I’ve been able to get over where I was. Normally, I’d prefer to keep things secret inside my carousel, but this isn’t normal.
I’d heard there might be some silly non-pending questions from teams, but there weren’t, so that was a little surprising. It was my favorite question when they ask me about my family. I love talking about my family – they understand why I was able to be involved – and bragging about them is the best.
My mom worked two to three jobs, so I dressed my younger brother and took him to school every day. He is like my son. I guess difference surprised me to hear that since I’m only 20 years old. But I am very mature for my age.
Everything was leading up to entering the field on Saturday night, and while I won’t say I wasn’t nervous, I was a little apprehensive about getting out there and showing what I could do. I feel like I’m my team and I’ve prepared the right way and I’ve been able to go out and have fun.
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Richardson, at 6-foot-4, 244 pounds, ran 40 yards in 4.43 seconds, clearing 40.5 inches in the vertical jump and 10 feet 9 inches in the long jump. The jumps were NFL combined records for a quarterback.
As for the 40, I know I have a great second gear, so it’s all about starting for me. Once I felt like I was starting to warm up I knew it was going to be a good ride. I am a strong person and I knew I would have momentum and energy.
I started training on December 26th, took two weeks off after the season to clear my head, and then came back to it. Tork (a sports show in St. Augustine, FL) helped me get my body and mind right and helped me with my mechanic. I use my hips more than my strong arms. Only muscles can get you so far.
When it came to the two jumps, I was already disappointed with my numbers. I’ve been jumping fences and doing backflips from swings since I was a kid, plus I’ve always seen how high I could go. We used to take my mom’s mattress out of her room and put it in the living room and go crazy with the backflips and everything else.
I thought I’d get a 41 (in) by 11ft, but hey, can’t complain too much. It was records. Not sure if I’ll try it all over again on Pro Day. I will talk about it with my team.
It was fun competing against these other guys that I’ve known for four or five years and some for even longer than that. Going through this last week together, at the point where we’re about to make our dreams come true, is pretty amazing. We love each other but we know what’s on the table and we grind and want to beat each other.
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I think any quarterback, when he sees his brother toss it up and rips it up there, makes us all feel good. And that was the case on Saturday night. We were all congratulating each other.
reporter that day He said something about me being legitimate, but I don’t feel like I have anything to prove to anyone but myself. Believe in myself, keep believing and keep grinding every single day. I can throw a ball, run and jump high, and I’m smart. Everyone knows that.
It’s all about keeping the momentum going.
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