Found April 22, 2013 on Read And React:
(via blacksportsonline.com) JaMarcus Russell is widely considered the biggest draft bust in NFL history. His precipitous fall from #1 overall draft pick to an overweight, codine-abusing failure is well-documented (including by us, multiple times), but the one thing that’s missing from most stories about Russell is the human element.  What, exactly, caused someone with the world in the palm of his hands to throw it all way for some fast food and sizzurp? And how could it have all fallen apart so quickly? This ESPN special, entitled “Jamarcus Russell, Waking Up” provides the most insight yet into the mind of Russell, from his high school days to LSU and through his darkest days in Oakland. It tells about how Russell lost two of his uncles in the same year (2009) which derailed him mentally, and shows you a man who is facing his failures and gearing up for a comeback. Along the way, the feature transforms Russell from a punchline into a sympathetic figure, and one you want to root for. Whether or not Russell will make it back to the NFL remains to be seen (and we wouldn’t exactly bet on it), but it’s a reminder that at the end of the day, these gladiators we root for on Sundays are real people too, facing real human struggles. VIDEO AFTER THE JUMP
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