ESPN Saying he doesn’t want to be remembered as a “bust,” quarterback JaMarcus Russell, who hasn’t played in the NFL since 2009, is attempting a comeback. Russell, the former No. 1 overall pick of the Raiders in 2007, has been out of football since Oakland released him after the 2009 season.Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the 27-year-old Russell is being mentored by former NFL receiver and fellow LSU alumni Michael Clayton. Russell also will work out at the TEST Football Academy, which has prepared Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco and Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson, among others, for the NFL draft. The 6-foot-6 Russell, who reportedly weighed 320 pounds in the fall, is down to 308 pounds, according to Yahoo! Sports. In addition to his work at the TEST Football Academy, Russell will be tutored by former NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia on technique, Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk on reading defenses and several other former players, doctors and trainers. “The last few years, the things going through my life, football is my job and it is how it feeds my family. People would say [that] I didn’t love the game but that pisses me off,” Russell told Yahoo! Sports. “People don’t know the real you but I want people to know the real me and see what I can do. People are always saying that I’m a bust. I want show them I’m not. I’m committed to this now.” Russell won only seven of his 25 starts in his career with Oakland. He completed just 52.1 percent of his passes in his career with 18 touchdowns, 23 interceptions, 15 lost fumbles and a passer rating of 65.2. He was paid approximately $39 million for his three seasons with the Raiders. Russell was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, a drink containing codeine syrup, when sheriff’s officers raided his home in July 2010. A grand jury, however, ultimately declined to indict him on the charges later that year.
Break out the purple drank! This calls for a celebration! One of the biggest busts in NFL history, former first overall NFL Draft pick JaMarcus Russell, is attempting a comeback! Let’s all sip on some sizzurp!
Russell is only 27 years old, and he should still be able to throw the ball a mile, so there is a chance that somebody gives him a look. Of course, Russell still needs to get down to 260lbs. so he has a long way to go, but if he can lose all of that weight it, will at least show football executives that he is committed.
I doubt we see Russell in the NFL again, but I would not be shocked to see him suiting up for a CFL or USFL team next season if he can lose the weight and show he’s grown up.
We here at Sportsmasher.com will be rooting for JaMarcus.