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JaMarcus Russell is considered one of the biggest busts in NFL history, but the former No. 1 overall pick is hoping to change that.
According to Yahoo! Sports’ Kristian Dyer, Russell is planning to attempt an NFL comeback.
The former Oakland Raiders quarterback reportedly plans to work out with TEST Football Academy the next few months in hopes of getting another shot in the NFL. Russell is down to 308 from 320 pounds thanks to some cardiovascular training. He’s hoping to lose even more weight as he attempts a comeback (he was listed at 265 pounds when he played).
Russell sounds motivated and like he wants to change the perception of him.
“My first year out, I couldn’t watch football but after a while, I couldn’t keep the TV off. I got that itchy feeling but now I gotta watch it, gotta watch,” Russell told Yahoo! Sports.
“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. 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 to show them I’m not. I’m committed to this now.”
Russell was drafted No. 1 overall by the Raiders in 2007. He went 7-18 as a starter and threw for 18 touchdowns and 23 interceptions over three seasons. The Raiders released him in April 2010 and he had tryouts with the Miami Dolphins and Washington Redskins. Neither led to a job.
Russell indicates that being out of football feels odd for him.
“I’m not looking for a pat on the shoulder from people who haven’t been there for me,” Russell said. “It feels funny not to go through a training camp, that’s just what I’m used to. It’s going to feel good to go back out there again. I will make this happen.”
Russell had some legal problems after he was released by the Raiders. He was arrested for codeine possession without a prescription in July 2010. His life coach at the time, John Lucas, gave up on him after the arrest. In recent years, Russell said sleep apnea and bad coaching contributed to his struggles with the Raiders.
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JaMarcus Russell went down as the biggest bust in NFL history. It used to be Ryan Leaf, but Russell has taken the crown by leaps and bounds.In his short career, Russell amassed 18 TDs and 23 INTs.Doesn't sound like the worst of all time, but it's a lot worse than it looks, just ask any real Raiders fan. When he got sacked, he seemed to do whatever he could to lose more yards...
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Hoo boy, you knew it would happen one day, but despite all the preparation, both mentally and emotionally, it still hits you like a ton of bricks. Speaking of a ton of bricks, JaMarcus Russell—perhaps the greatest NFL draft bust ever—wants to make a comeback. The former Oakland Raiders quarterback expressed his desire to...
Resembling Precious at a svelte 308 pounds, former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell is training to make an NFL comeback. Russell, who Oakland took out of Louisiana State University (LSU) with the first overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, threw 18 touchdowns, in comparison to 23 interceptions, for 4,083 yards over the course of 31 painful games. The portly resident of...
Ian Rapoport tweets that former Raiders first-round pick QB JaMarcus Russell is attempting a comeback and could show up at this year’s NFL Combine.
Russell is reportedly 305 lbs right now, but is hoping to get down to a more reasonable 265 in the near future. Rapoport adds that Russell is “serious this time.”
This is admittedly ridiculous, but Rapoport insists that Russell...
Former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell, who was
the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, is attempting a comeback that he
hopes will result in him eventually playing professionally again, according to
Kristian Dyer of Yahoo! Sports.
“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 ...
Critics of JaMarcus Russell always questioned whether the drive was there. Now, with the former No. 1 pick fighting his way back to playing weight and showing a renewed interest in the game, the question is whether he’ll get a chance to take his newly rediscovered drive to the NFL.
Russell, who is considered one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history, is attempting a comeback...
Former Oakland Raiders QB Jamarcus Russell is attempting a comeback to the NFL. I guess to officially label it as a comeback, you’d have to assume that Russell had some modicum of success in the NFL before his “retirement’. Instead, Russell is regarded as one of the biggest busts in league history. Using the word big to describe Russell is appropriate as he is tipping the scales...
So, JaMarcus Russell hopes to make it back in the NFL. Yes, the National Football League. And yes, JaMarcus Russell, the same epic draft bust/ex-Raiders QB/fatso/broke person/purple drank connoisseur we all came to love to make fun of.
Here’s NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport:
Best Mobile-based news of the week: JaMarcus Russell is making a comeback! No lie. At 305 lbs now, hoping...
JaMarcus Russell is one of the biggest busts in NFL history after being the No. 1 overall pick by the Oakland Raiders in the 2007 NFL Draft. From 2007-2009, the quarterback out of LSU threw 18 touchdowns and 23 interceptions, while having a quarterback rating of 65.2 and completion percentage of 52.1.
And my favorite stat: Russell had 25 fumbles in those three years. So, 18 touchdown passes,
We all remember JaMarcus Russell right? Even if you aren't a Raiders fan or even a football fan for that matter, there is probably a good chance that you are familiar with the name JaMarcus Russell.Russell was the starting quarterback, if that's what you want to call him, for the Oakland Raiders for a short stretch from 2007 through the end of 2009.Russell played his college...
According to Yahoo! Sports, former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell is planning on making a comeback, but it won’t be easy since the former first overall pick now weighs 308 pounds.
“My first year out, I couldn’t watch football but after a while, I couldn’t keep the TV off. I got that itchy feeling but now I gotta watch it, gotta watch,” Russell said.
Former LSU standout and 2007 NFL No. 1 draft pick JaMarcus Russell wants to make a comeback to the NFL and I think that this can happen. However, he has a long road ahead of him because of his weight gain through the years which is reported by CBS sports as he’s topping a whopping 308 lbs. I hope people aren’t surprised by this news because as we remember when Russell was on...
The words “draft bust” are synonymous with a number of NFL prospects. From the likes of Ryan Leaf to Brian Bosworth to Tim Couch, the list of underachievers extends far and wide. But the name most synonymous with that term may be JaMarcus Russell.
Russell was selected first overall by the Oakland Raiders in the 2007 NFL draft but, after just three seasons, Russell found himself...