Richardson blown away by Big Apple, blends in with crowd

Here is my final story from New York and the Heisman Trophy that ran in today’s newspaper:

NEW YORK — For one weekend, Trent Richardson was just like any college student.

Granted, it wasn’t just any trip to New York — not every undergrad takes in the sights as a Heisman Trophy finalist — but he could take a rare step away from the public eye for a few moments.

Hitting the Big Apple for Saturday’s Heisman Trophy ceremony, Richardson was still a big fish, but he was swimming in a much bigger pond. That meant enjoying a few of the foreign sights around his Times Square hotel in relative anonymity.

“There’s a million folks out there in the New York streets. It ain’t like they’re just going to notice me out of everybody,” Richardson said. “It’s been fun. It’s been quite an experience. It almost feels weird having people not noticing me.”

Though he finished third in the voting behind Baylor’s Robert Griffin III and Stanford’s Andrew Luck, Richardson said his first trip to the big city was incredible.

Entertainers dressed up as Elmo and the Cookie Monster from “Sesame Street” shocked him the most. Well, that and the 24-hour energy pumping through Times Square. Even his room high in the Marriott Marquis couldn’t quiet the bustle.

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