Originally written on This Given Sunday  |  Last updated 6/20/12

NEW YORK - APRIL 22: Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown is interviewed on the red carpet during the 2010 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 25, 2009 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Jim Brown has never been shy about giving his opinion, and he most certainly hasn't been shy about voicing his reservations with the Browns' 2012 first round pick, Trent Richardson.

Richardson isn't one to back down either, telling ESPN's Jamison Hensley, "He has his own thoughts. That’s him being him,” Richardson said. “I have no problem with it. I just wish the best of luck for him whatever he’s doing in life."

Richardson went on to say, "I laugh at the situation. You don’t know me from spic to span. But he’s Jim Brown. He’s done a lot here and I haven’t done anything yet. I have a lot to accomplish and big shoes to fill. When it comes down to it, I have to work and make sure I make him a believer. I haven’t done anything yet."

This is one of those generational clashes that so often erupt in the NFL, but it's really no big deal. Brown hasn't played a game of professional football since 1965, over 45 years ago. In this instance, it's best for Richardson to just block out the noise. Jim Brown may be right in saying Richardson is nothing special, but maybe we should let Richardson's NFL career speak for itself. After all, it seems a bit rash to be dismissing a high draft pick before he's even played a down in the league.

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