Richardson, listed as a No. 7 seed in his bracket, is competing against Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, a No. 10 seed and son of Browns Legend Clay Matthews. Should Richardson advance, he will face either Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck or Tennessee Titans signal-caller Jake Locker in the second round.
During his rookie season, Richardson ran for 950 yards and 11 touchdowns on 267 carries. He also caught 51 passes for 367 yards and a highlight-reel, 23-yard touchdown against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 16 at Paul Brown Stadium.
Richardson’s 950 rushing yards, 1,317 total offensive yards, 11 rushing touchdowns, 12 overall touchdowns and 72 points are franchise rookie records. He also had three 100-yard rushing games, which equaled the team’s rookie record set by William Green in 2002.
Richardson finished in the top five among all NFL rookies in scoring (second), receptions (third), yards from scrimmage (third), rushing yards (third), and first downs (fourth with 54).
Newsome, a 13 seed, is competing in the retired players’ bracket and faces former St. Louis Rams, New York Giants and Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kurt Warner in the first round.
Newsome was selected by the Browns with the No. 23 overall pick in the 1978 NFL Draft and became a Hall of Fame inductee after playing with the team from 1978 to 1990. Newsome still holds seven franchise records (most catches in a career, 662; season, 89, in both 1983 and 1984; most catches in a game, 14, against the New York Jets on Oct. 14, 1984; most consecutive games with a catch, 150 from 1979-89; yards in a career, 7,980; and game, 191, on Oct. 14, 1984; and most seasons with 50 or more receptions, six).
Click here to vote for Richardson and Newsome. First-round voting runs now through Wednesday, March 20.
Should either Richardson or Newsome win the tournament, he would be the second Cleveland sports athlete to grace the cover of a video game. Former Browns running back Peyton Hillis was on the cover of "Madden NFL 12."