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« on: January 23, 2013, 12:31:10 AM »

One of the biggest draft busts in NFL history is trying to re-kindle his football career. Yahoo! Sports has learned that JaMarcus Russell is planning a comeback attempt that he hopes will see him play in the league again. The former No. 1 pick in the 2007 NFL draft has not played a single NFL snap since the 2009 season with the Oakland Raiders.

The reclamation of Russell will follow a tricky road for a quarterback who was always known more for his physical blessings than technique. Russell, 27, who has effectively been out of football since tryouts with the Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins in 2010, might find overcoming himself his biggest challenge. Currently at 308 pounds, Russell is down from the 320 pounds he weighed this past fall and has been focusing on cardio conditioning the past six weeks to lose the weight.

“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.

“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 show them I’m not. I’m committed to this now.”

Yahoo! Sports has learned that Russell’s mentor through this whole process is former NFL wide receiver Mike Clayton, who like Russell is a LSU product. Over the next couple months, Russell will be training with Brian Martin of TEST Football Academy and TEST West, whose draft products include Joe Flacco and Patrick Peterson among others. In addition, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia (quarterback technique training), Olympian Ato Boldon (speed training and analysis), Dr. Robert Price of Elite Minds (mental and psychological analysis), former NFL wide receiver Quinn Early (disciplinary work and focus), former New York Giants quarterback Scott Brunner (reading defenses and classroom sessions) and NFL Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk (reading defenses) will work as part of the team trying to reclaim the quarterback’s promise.

A former top pick, Russell never fulfilled his boundless athletic promise, including a 6-foot-6-inch 265 pound frame that looked more like that belonging to a tight end than someone under center. Complicating a comeback from a less than storied NFL career is the fact that Russell will need to overcome the negative perception stemming from his July 2010 arrest for codeine syrup without a prescription.
He has taken steps to make amends for his mistakes, including frequently speaking to youth groups about his poor choices and arrest.

“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.”

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« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2013, 10:49:13 AM »

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« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2013, 10:36:36 PM »


All together now.....

He.  Ran.  Out.  Of.  Money.....
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« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2013, 05:36:37 PM »


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« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2013, 04:41:27 PM »

Built like Precious and motivated like Jeffrey Lebowski, JaMarcus Russell will fail trying to make an NFL comeback

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 Mobile, Alabama, excelled in Baton Rouge and finished with a sterling 21-4 mark performing under center for the Tigers.

The First-Team All-SEC quarterback capped his career as a Tiger by winning the 2007 Sugar Bowl Most Valuable Player (MVP) award.

Despite displaying the diligence of Jeffrey Lebowski, Russell wooed league executives with his size and incredible arm strength.

Predictably, yet regrettably for fans of The Silver and Black, Russell was never equipped with the needed testicular fortitude to thrive as a professional.

“The last few years, the things going through my life, football is my job and it is how it feeds my family,” said Russell, 27, a codeine-craving signal-caller who was fired by Oakland in May 2010. “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 show them I’m not. I’m committed to this now.”

Since severing ties with the hefty disappointment, Oakland has unofficially banned any player from wearing a #2 jersey to repress the memory of Russell.

“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.”

If the disgraced bust somehow manages to find redemption on the gridiron, it would truly be a remarkable story.

Unfortunately, JaMarcus Russell will not “make this happen.”

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« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2013, 01:55:37 AM »

The New York Jets apparently are like the other 31 teams in the NFL after all.

After a report surfaced this morning that the Jets had held some exploratory talks of bringing in former No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell as potential competition at quarterback for Mark Sanchez, the Jets have said there is no truth to that. Conor Orr of the Newark Star-Ledger originally reported the interest in Russell, and then back tracked.

Russell, who washed out with the Oakland Raiders due to being out of shape and uncommitted, has said he would like an opportunity to perhaps revive his football career. But that appears a long shot.
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