More Than Just an Athlete
Football is, of course, Richards' priority. However, he has more to him than that. Jalen Richard sits with Hutch to talk about all things football.
Hutch: You’re in the NFL balling out of control, and with the Raiders moving to Las Vegas, are you able to talk about the new contract?
Jalen: “We'll see, hopefully I'll make it to Vegas. The Raiders were the only team that gave me a shot at the time, and the past few years have been amazing.
Hutch: “And, your wife is pregnant again. I know you guys had one little one during that time, How is that and adjusting to everything?
Jalen: “Baby number two on the way! It’s another girl. I keep getting these girls, I need to take a break! I’m excited for the new baby and for the new situations that are happening. Obviously moving from California, so I'm excited to see what’s next.
Hutch: “I know in 2019, you didn’t get the chance to carry the ball that much. How did you embrace going from being one of the best ball carriers in the NFL in 2018 to just a crucial third down blocker?
Jalen: “You just gotta embrace it. You have to play the game for what it is understand every team is different every year. You always have a different role. I had another role carved out for me. I needed to be that real third down back there-to come in and block. You know, just to protect when needed and to do to do my thing outside of the backfield on pass catches. You have to be able to do it all.
Hutch:”And, you're a player that can pretty much do it all. Would that be a message that you would send to some of these younger athletes that want to be in your shoes?
Jalen:” Definitely, you have to be versatile in anything. That’s not even just sports life and your career. You always want to be versatile because that just adds value to what you do. When you’re able to do a lot of multiple things very well, you are looked at as like a utility person. I just pride myself on trying to do all those things. Marshall Faulk was a guy resemble. He’s a guy that just did it all.
Hutch:” I know you're going to Harvard for business school, how’s that looking?
Jalen: “The NFL they got all types of different programs to do in the offseason. So I, applied for this program that would allow us to take a business course the whole semester to the University of Harvard. I got accepted into that, so a couple of football players, NBA players and other professional athletes from all around, are all taking a course. Unfortunately, during Super Bowl week, I have to go out there and I’ll be missing all the festivities in a place that I have no idea of anything, but I’m just trying to gain all the knowledge I can.
Hutch:” So, what is life after football for jalen Richard?
Jalen:”I haven’t thought about, and hopefully I don't have to think about it too much. However, I’ll definitely be looking into some things like real estate. It’s just hard sometimes because of football. Since I was a boy I was taught that I had to be consumed with anything I wanted to be good with in life In order to be great at it.