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01-23-2013, 05:09 PM #1
JaMarcus Russell preps for NFL comeback
JaMarcus Russell, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 NFL Draft, is training for an NFL comeback.
We'll wait until you stop laughing ...
The former Oakland Raiders quarterback, who hasn't taken a single NFL snap since 2009, told Yahoo! Sportshe has dropped from 320 to 308 pounds and is ready to bury past criticisms.
"The last few years, the things going through my life, football is my job and it is how it feeds my family," he said. "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."
According to the report, Russell will work out with a bevy of former NFL players, including NFL Network's Marshall Faulk, ex-quarterback Jeff Garcia and former Olympic track star Ato Boldon.
Russell's three seasons in Oakland were so disastrous, he has been called the biggest draft bust of all time, and the Raiders refused to give his jersey No. 2 toTerrelle Pryor in 2011 when the rookie quarterback requested it. Before being cut in 2010, Russell was replaced by Bruce Gradkowski and Charlie Frye, then the Raiders traded for Jason Campbell to take his place.
The 27-year-old hasn't sniffed the NFL since getting tryouts with the Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins in 2010, after he was arrested for possessing codeine syrup without a prescription. But he said he's ready to change the perception.
"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."
His biggest challenge will be to convince a team to give him a chance.
01-24-2013, 10:13 AM #2
01-24-2013, 10:21 AM #3
I think this is his first attempt since the try outs mentioned above. Seems like a long shot since I read he still weighs over 300 lbs. He does have a good list of ex NFL players helping him.
01-24-2013, 02:36 PM #4
this is a joke. he may finally have a better mentality towards working for it, but i can guarentee its because hes broke and doesnt know how to do anything else. he will come in and demand way too much money and produce little to nothing. if he ever makes it into the nfl he needs to get in shape, prove he has changed his mental attitude, and play for at least 2 years in the CFL or NFL europe to prove his playing ability. nobody will take a chance on him right now.
01-24-2013, 03:30 PM #5
I thought NFL Europe got the plug pulled awhile ago.
01-24-2013, 04:05 PM #6
Rooting for him
01-24-2013, 04:25 PM #7
The true hypocrite is the one who ceases to perceive his deception, the one who lies with sincerity. ~André Gide
01-24-2013, 04:47 PM #8
01-24-2013, 07:05 PM #9
Soon he'll be playing in the same league as Ryan Leaf. The Federal Prison Football League."The Mets have shown me more ways to lose than I even know existed" -Casey Stengel
Let's go: Mets/Giants/Knicks/Rangers/Wild/Chelsea/Rutgers
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