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Trent Richardson’s productive return of professional football was one of many gridiron casualties in the 2019 collapse of the Alliance of American Football.

A high-profile signee of the Birmingham Iron, Richardson was arguably the league’s most productive player. He scored an AAF-best 12 touchdowns in eight games in his first season of football in nearly two years.

The AAF did not survive two months of operations. It filed Chapter 7 bankruptcy in April 2019. 

The dissolution of the AAF once again leaves Richardson’s playing career uncertain.

Vince McMahon’s XFL is set to open operation again in 2020, his second try at founding a flashier and rougher out-of-season football league. The original XFL lasted just one season in 2001.

It’s an opportunity Richardson said he would pursue if possible, though he’s hoping his AAF production will earn him another shot on “the big stage.”

“I’ve gotten a few phone calls, but you never know about the NFL,” Richardson said Tuesday night in Pensacola, Florida. “Hopefully I put enough out there to show I can still move and play. I’m doing this for myself and my kids.

“A lot of people have been calling me. The XFL has been calling me. The NFL has been calling me…. The opportunity is there and if the NFL doesn’t come through, then definitely (I’d pursue XFL),”

Life without football is something the former first-round pick said he’s focused on since his last NFL season in 2016.

Prior to his stint in the Alliance of American Football, Richardson went north to play with the Saskatchewan RoughRiders in the CFL in 2017.

It was a productive, but brief stint due to injuries. He did not report to the 2018 Saskatchewan training camp due to travel issues surrounding his child custody agreement.

The RoughRiders soon released Richardson so that he could pursue his opportunities with the Birmingham Iron.

Richardson said the two years between his time in the CFL and AAF were formative for his family.

“To be out of football a couple years, I had transitioned from not only being a football player, but to being a full-time dad,” Richardson said. “You know, I was a travel softball dad and traveled to little league football games to help coaches.”

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