By Luke Straub
Jalen Richard’s path to the NFL wasn’t easy. Now in his third year as a Raiders running back and with a new contract, he’s making football more accessible to the youth in his hometown of Alexandria, La.
And he still doesn’t take his own accomplishments for granted.
Richard hosted his second annual youth football camp in his home state, as reported by KALB Sports on June 23. It was an ideal time for the Southern Mississippi product to reflect on his career thus far.
“I’ve been blessed, man. I wake up every day and it’s like a dream,” Richard said. “I’m just trying to continue to work hard and prove to myself I’m not taking any of it for granted.”
Richard initially joined the Raiders in 2016 after being invited to audition for a training camp opportunity at rookie minicamp. He made the team that year and had a 75-yard touchdown run on his first carry as a professional.
Now considered an integral component of the Raiders offense, the club placed a $3.095 million second-round tender on Richard, which he signed in April, according to Over the...