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Sean Richardson was splurging Sunday night after the Packers’ much-harder-than-expected victory over the reeling Jacksonville Jaguars.
Richardson had several reasons to celebrate.
The rookie safety, an undrafted free agent from Vanderbilt signed May 8, was activated for the second straight game.
Richardson made the stat sheet with one special teams tackle in the game, a modest contribution but a step in the right direction for an unheralded player trying to make an impression.
With safety Charles Woodson sidelined with a broken collarbone, Richardson is the next man up to back up starters Morgan Burnett and M.D. Jennings.
The elder Richardson, a high school teacher and football coach, traveled to St. Louis last week for the Packers-Rams game and was in the Lambeau Field stands Sunday.
“I haven’t seen him for three months except for 20 minutes at the St. Louis game,” Richardson said. “We’re going to enjoy this week together.”
Richardson grew up on the family farm in Linden, a small town of approximately 1,200 residents in Alabama.
“My mom and dad worked hard for everything they had,” Richardson said. “Seeing them working two-three jobs motivated me to work hard at everything.
“That’s why I think I’m in the position I’m in today, because I worked hard and stayed focused.”
For now, the 6-foot-2, 216-pound Richardson will play on the special team units, but he is hoping to see some reps in the defensive backfield in future games.
Like Packers second-round draft choice Casey Hayward, Richardson’s former Vanderbilt teammate and close friend, he hopes to one day earn a starting spot.
“I just want to keep getting better and working hard,” Richardson said. “Whenever my name is called, be ready for it and make the most of the opportunity.
“Expectations are high here because of the talent and all the history in Green Bay. We just want to take it one game at a time and stay focused.”
Sean Richardson should be active again this week as well with Woodson still sidelined, it will be interesting to see what the Vandy product can do this week for the Pack.
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