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Inside Trent Richardson's rise from near rock bottom back to the NFL: A cousin and two close friends were sitting in the living room watching a movie in late February as Trent Richardson walked around with his head nodding and a big smile on his face.

They knew Richardson had been on the phone, but didn't know whom he was talking with.

They eventually asked, "What's wrong with you?"

Still smiling, Richardson shrugged his shoulders, shook his head and said, "Nothing."

More curious at that point, the next question was, "Who were you on the phone with?"

After Richardson disclosed that it was Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh, one of the friends — former Alabama teammate Blake Sims — asked excitedly, "You're going to be a Raven?"

Richardson looked at them, smiled and said, "Yeah, I'm going to be a Raven."

A celebration followed with excited yells and hugs inside the living room.

"It was just one of those moments," Richardson said. "Everyone jumped up, and it felt like I won another national championship."

This is an opportunity Richardson wasn't sure he would get after being cut by the Oakland Raiders last August, likely a final chance for the former Alabama star running back and top-five draft pick to prove he can be an asset to an NFL organization.

Richardson hasn't signed with the Ravens yet and wasn't immediately signed following a visit and workout with Baltimore earlier this month. However, Harbaugh acknowledged on Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings that the Ravens have had an "unofficial agreement" in place with Richardson, who is still only 25 years old, and will sign Richardson once he reaches a "physical benchmark."

"It's in Trent's court," Harbaugh told reporters. "(Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome) and Trent have talked a lot. I text with Trent all the time. He's keeping me posted on his training. I'm planning on Trent being a Raven right now. I'm kind of excited about it.

"Talking to him on the phone, I really like him. I'm excited. Here's a high-caliber, high draft pick guy that seems like he's really motivated and wants to do well. So Trent, keep working, man. Keep working hard. See you in a couple of weeks."

Video produced and edited by Laura Goldman ( Article written by's Matt Zenitz.