A ghoulish scene played out on the field at Indianapolis Colts practice today, as running back Trent Richardson was unable to break away from some ants that were near him in the grass and soon became overtaken by an entire swarm.
Within seconds, two ants that the former Alabama star was unable to outrun were joined by several others and Richardson was unable to push through line of seven ants that had formed in front of him. In no time he was down on the ground on his back and being transported by hundreds of ants off the field where they proceeded to eat him.
“I guess we should have put a stop to it,” said Colts head coach Chuck Pagano. “Trent didn’t deserve to die. He may have struggled in the NFL, but he didn’t deserve to be eaten by some common ants. I just … we just … we thought he would be able to get away from them by himself, you know? We just couldn’t believe what we were seeing. We never really could with Trent.”
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck said he feared something like this would eventually happen.
“Early on in training camp I came across Trent standing in the middle of the field, just standing there, and screaming,” said Luck. “I asked him what he was doing. He said ‘I’m running away from a spider.’ I told him he wasn’t running. He insisted that he was.”
Pagano says the 2012 No. 3 overall pick will be missed.
“I still believe he had a ton of potential on the football field,” said the coach. “I think if he could have just broken through that line of ants today, it would have given him the confidence to break through on the field. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to happen. He battled, though.”
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