JaMarcus Russell, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2007 [NFL Draft], is training for an NFL comeback.
The former [Oakland Raiders] quarterback, who hasn't taken a single NFL snap since 2009, told [Yahoo! Sports] he 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] to [Terrelle 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.[NFL Honors]
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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.
Excuses are the tools of the incompetent; they build monuments of nothingness, those that use excuses, excel at making excuses.I would call a BS racial conspiracy against Young and Russell is considered one.
UAB- What does that have to do with the price of tea in China-Probably referencing how low character and dimwitted Young is.
JeMarcus Russell is a loser just like most SEC fans.
Jamarcus = Greatest draft bust EVER. I knew it before he was even drafted.
Comeback? If he is a backup for a year? No, he was a 1st draft pick and was drafted to start at QB. He did start at QB, even though he was the worst starting QB I have ever seen. A "Comeback" would be to do the same thing he did before- be a starter at QB.
JaMarcus is said to be slimerI probably would have gone with the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man if I was comparing him to Ghostbuster characters.