Posted January 23, 2013

JaMarcus Russell, former No. 1 pick, to attempt NFL comeback

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Former quarterback JaMarcus Russell will attempt an NFL comeback. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images Sport)

Former quarterback JaMarcus Russell will attempt an NFL comeback. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images Sport)

Former quarterback JaMarcus Russell, one of the biggest busts in NFL Draft history, will attempt a comeback, reports Yahoo! Sports.

Russell quickly flamed out of the NFL after the Oakland Raiders took him with the top pick in the 2007 Draft. In 2009, his last year in the league, Russell threw eight more interceptions than touchdowns and completed less than half of his throws.

He also struggled to control his weight during his career. Yahoo!’s report says Russell currently weighs 308 pounds. The 6-6 quarterback reportedly wants to get closer to his playing weight of 265 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 told Yahoo!.

“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 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.”

In July 2010, Russell was arrested for possession of codeine syrup without a prescription. He later admitted he had tested positive for the substance after the 2007 Draft.

Yahoo! reports Russell’s comeback will be a team effort led by former NFL receiver Mike Clayton. Among the others who will work with the quarterback are Jeff Garcia and Marshall Faulk.

Sports Illustrated‘s Jon Wertheim wrote about Russell’s post-football life in 2011. To read that story, click here.


43 comments
mikald4
mikald4

The dude wants to play but i don't see any real preparation from him. A 308 lb QB !!!!   When you declare you want to attempt a comeback at least be in some type of physical shape?   The most glaring negative on  Jmarc is his lack of the  'X' factor. The ability of NFL QB's to react quickly, decisively,  make the correct read,  throw an accurate ball to the correct spot.  Jmarc always had the physical skills...its his mental acuity that has made him a liability.

MerleDickey
MerleDickey

I think they should quit paying these first round draft picks so much money. They are young and that much money consumes how they thin. Pay them less at fist and then give them the big money when they have proven their ability.

john15
john15

Ise committed dis time and iffen yous don't hire me youse bee Racists !!!!!!!!!

FourTigers
FourTigers

All the vitriol.  All the damning conversation about a young man who is trying to hold on to a dream.  Talk about piling on ...

 

Ever make a mistake in your life?  Ever take something or someone that you truly loved for granted?  Ever took pause in your life, looked back and thought you wished you would have done a few things differently?  Ever have a regret?  Chances are if you are alive then you will have answered yes at least a couple of times.    

 

Ever taken advantage of that awakening and made a change in your life to affect a better outcome, a better future?  For some of you the answer here will also be yes.  

 

For all of us it means that we can sympathize and understand where this young man is in his life.  

 

What does it say about our society that we would completely forget that we are all human beings?  That every person walks a path and faces challenge, or fights a battle.  And each one is different.  These are human struggles and they aren't easier if you have a big paycheck or insane athletic ability.  When did talents and blessings make someone less human?  

 

Whether or not JeMarcus is successful or not in his attempts is not up to you, or me to determine.  His destiny is his own and it has been given to him.  It is up to him to take the steps and put in the effort.  He can rise up or he can sit and let a calling pass him by.  So why wish failure upon him?  And what if he did go on to realize a successful NFL career?  What if he overcame this adversity and rose above?  What if his determination in the face of ridicule and doubt led to ultimate achievement?  

 

Well I guess a lot of people would tear him down for that too ...

 

I'm pulling for the kid.  He's getting up off the mat and he is working to do the right things.  I hope that he fights through this and pulls off a great career.  Wouldn't that be a great story.  

Harley1
Harley1

AkA I need money, seriously... money!

DesertDude
DesertDude

At 6'6" three biscuits plus he could be a back up guard on the offensive line. QB = no, been there did that.

IdDoHannahStorm
IdDoHannahStorm

There are enough teams in the NFL with a need at the position that Russell will get an invitation to go to camp somewhere.  How long he lasts is another story.

DesertDude
DesertDude

Translation: JaMarcus Russell is flat broke already. End of story.

Perry E
Perry E

If I were a GM, Coach, Owner or one of their assistant coaches, I can think of 100 guys who would give away important parts of their anatomy to play in the NFL. This guy had it handed to him on a silver platter! A super fat contract, starting QB job, and a team he could mold to his skill set. This idiot chose to take it all for granted, got SUPER LAZY, clearly DID NOT CARE now that he was paid, and BLEW IT! I would NEVER give him an invitation to watch my practice much less try out for the team. Think of how that will make all the players feel who are making the league minimum, but worked their tail off to make it to where they are? Think of the veterans and skilled position players who eat right year round, work out constantly, struggle, and fight through the pain to stay in this game? NO ONE ON ANY TEAM WOULD GIVE THIS GUY A SWEATY TOWEL, much less any respect!! Jemarcus, you made your bed buddy, now you can sleep in it. You have made yourself a pariah more hated than Michael Vick, Suh, even Leaf! You did not just become a bust, you quit the minute you got your first check and your attitude was one of entitlement! You could not earn the respect of the players, the coaches, and especially us fans! We see what it takes to be out there on the field and revere some of these men as heroes for what they go through to play football. When we see someone blow it the way you do, that is worse than dog fighting, child molesting, or even becoming a politician! Enjoy your retirement if you have not already blown all your money. If you have, I hope you have at least finished your education, but something tells me you have not! You are too lazy!! Well, learn the phrase "Would you like fries with that?" and get to work in a job befitting someone of your education, laziness, and attitude. Flipping burgers in your late twenties sounds just about perfect!

bbc
bbc

Somebody better tell JaMarcus Russell that ship sailed long time back. Forget making it to a team I would be surprised, nay shocked, if any NFL (or CFL) team even asks him to try out. I can't think of any GM or owner in the league, including Jerry Jones, who will go "Gee I really like this Russell kid and we should get him here". I am sure JaMarcus Russell will have a bunch of excuses and sob stories to tell why it wasn't his fault and how unfairly he was treated but the fact is he is the biggest draft bust (ahead of Ryan Leaf) and it was all his fault.

pljaye
pljaye

Russell was GIVEN a starting job in the NFL and had every opportunity to be successful, but sadly flopped. Tebow has been disparaged ever since he was drafted and only became a starter when Denver was 1-4 in 2011 and Fox assumed that the Broncos' season was over. Tebow and the Broncos then enjoyed unexpected success and even beat the Steelers in a playoff game, during which Tebow turned in a record-setting performance (most playoff pass completions of over 30 yards in a quarter, highest yards per completion in a playoff game (31.6) and a Broncos postseason passer rating (125.6) to go with over 300 passing yards, 2 TD passes, 50 yards rushing and a rushing TD).

 

Now, Russell is apparently going to receive another chance after enjoying neither individual nor team success, while Tebow was denied the opportunity to play any meaningful snaps for the Jets this past season, even as his NFL career is reportedly/suddenly in jeopardy. This equation does not add up. 

 

It's also interesting that the scores of individuals who post vitriolic comments insisting that Tebow should not be given another opportunity to play qb for any NFL team are strangely silent and voice no opposition when far less accomplished individuals either secure starting qb jobs (Brady Quinn in K.C., Blaine Gabbert in Jacksonville, etc) or attempt a comeback (JaMarcus Russell).

Lacentral
Lacentral

lol If people think he's better than tebow they should be hung!

colonialjump
colonialjump

If Mr Russell ever develops a work ethic as big as his arm, I'm sure he'll become a monster NFL QB. IF!

muktech
muktech

Once a bust always a bust. Jeff Garcia, Marshall Faulk and Mike Clayton are wasting their time. If it were another position I could understand, but QB?!!

markcrosal
markcrosal

 @FourTigers

 I wish for starters he would have been at that target weight   then I would take him seriously.  He couldn't put down the fork then and hasn't yet   wait and see

JoshuaDavidSwanson
JoshuaDavidSwanson

 @DesertDude

 i'm sure he's still pretty athletic... maybe trying him out on the D Line wouldn't be such a bad idea... maybe a little JPP-esque? if he's got an attitude and wants to take out some aggression, he might just excel.

TamaraTullBurt
TamaraTullBurt

 @Perry E The politician remark will pass unchallenged.  Your comments about dog fighting and child molesting render every other point you wanted to make completely worthless.  Perhaps you and Mr. Russell have more in common than you ever dreamed. 

dtipres
dtipres

 @pljaye Good luck to Russell with his comeback......Eagles, don't even THINK about it!

mandomitch
mandomitch

Nobody is giving Russell a chance, yet.  I don't think anybody will.  Tebow, OTOH, is still in the league, under contract.  I don't get your beef.

Akagi
Akagi

 @pljaye Unless I misread the story not a single team I am aware of has expressed an interest in Russell....yet another SEC QB flop, yes along with Tebow, David Greene, Danny Wuerffel, etc. You forgot to mention the Broncos didn't defeat a single team under Tebow that made the playoffs during the regular season, they only made the playoffs by virtue of playing in the awful AFC West, if they had been in any other division they would have been watching the playoffs from home like the rest of us. Most of the Tebow magic can be credited to the defense. Against San Diego, the Broncos D gave up just 3 points in the second half and the OT, Tebow's offense scored just 9 points in that period. Against Miami, Denver was held scoreless until the 4th, which was also the case against the Bears. Of the seven wins, the Broncos won three in OT by a field goal, and one by only four. Only the wins against the awful Raiders by 14 and Chiefs by 7 did Denver easily win those games. Denver could have easily been 3-13 last season and we'd have RGIII now as our QB. And Orton....he lost by three to the Titans (winning in the 4th quarter) and lost by three to the Raiders, his big blow out was to the playoff bound Packers by 26, and Tebow had equal problems defeating playoff teams, losing to the Loins by 35 and the Pats by 18. Looking at the easy schedule the Broncos had after Green Bay and how well the defense was playing at least against teams that ended up 8-8 or less (discounting the Bills game), Orton perhaps would have won the majority of the games if not all of the games Tebow's Broncos won. You might also note that in Tebow's losses, you can't put all the blame on the defense either...10 points against the Lions, 14 points against the Bills, 3 against the Chiefs. Typically scoring just 3, 10 and 14 points is not enough to win games no matter who good your defense is playing.

 

I am not saying Orton is a good QB, he is actually pretty poor but Tebow is only slightly better if that. And we wouldn't have to deal with either if that disaster Josh McDaniels hadn't been hired. He was the cause of Cutler being ran off as well as a number of other top players and the idiotic decision to draft Tebow in the first round.

 

There are plenty of awful QBs in the NFL and you named just a few, but Tebow is hardly better. he can't read defenses, he can't hit the inside of a barn with his arm...he is like Michael Vick, only with more flaws. As you are obviously a member of the Tebow cult, tell me, if you were the Broncos, who would you want as your QB...Tebow or Manning?

 

I'd actually love some NFL team to do what your cultists want...bring Timmy in, build an offense suited for his college-type play and see how that works out for you as it has never worked long term in the NFL. Timmy is no longer playing against Ole Miss (a game he lost). And when he and it fails, we can stop hearing how great Timmy is and he not getting a chance. Of course since coaches and GMs don't like to get fired, that isn't likely to happen.

 

Go to the CFL, Timmy. Learn how to read defenses, work on your accuracy, learn how to be a pocket passer that can also run. Then come back to the NFL or perhaps decide your skills just aren't right for the position in the NFL and switch to TE or a slot back.

 

Russell isn't coming back and Tebow probably isn't either, sadly for you.

Pares Hilton
Pares Hilton

 @pljaye The same media that propped up Jamarcus as a no.1 pick were the same group that brought him down when they realized their mistake.

As for Tebow, it's a mistake to put him in the same sentence as Jamarcus.

Pares Hilton
Pares Hilton

 @Lacentral With the number of people who would be hung, that would amount to genocide!

Pares Hilton
Pares Hilton

If I won megalotto, I'll buy a NFL team and make Jamarcus my starter. IF!

jhoush9087
jhoush9087

 @muktech Some busts can be turned around with the right personal.  Look at Alex Smith.  I imagine Russel has seen what Alex Smith did to turn things around and thought, "why not me?"

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

 @muktech Maybe it should be up to Jeff Garcia, Marshall Faulk, and Mike Clayton to determine whether or not doing what they choose is a waste of their time.

H2OPoloPunk
H2OPoloPunk

 @muktech Marshall Faulk was not a bust. He had some extremely solid years.

bbc
bbc

It's funny how you didn't even mention Tebow's win over Steelers in the playoffs in that long essay of yours. And even funnier is that when Tebow won it was coz of Broncos defense and when the great Peyton Manning lost with pretty much the same defense it was due to Broncos defense as well. Oh the irony!

TOPGUNNNNN
TOPGUNNNNN

 @Akagi  @pljaye unless I missed something Joe Namath played in the SEC, so did Ken Stabler  Eli Manning, Peyton Manning and Archie Manning so before you wash an entire league out consider the great players who played there, as far as Tebow goes, he took a below average team to the playoffs and won against a heavily favored team, so when you have a team built around a skill set that no one is looking for you are considered an innovator, try and remember that  

kyyled5
kyyled5

 @Pares Hilton  @pljaye you can mention them both in the same sentence. Here, I'll show you:

 

"Tim Tebow and JaMarcus Russell were both good college QBs who were below-average in the NFL."

pcwhite2
pcwhite2

 @H2OPoloPunk  @muktech 

 

He didn't say those three were busts.  He said they were wasting their time.

 

And I agree on Tebow - he should get a chance to start and back up for every team before JaCarcass gets another shot.

bbc
bbc

Tim Tebow is heads and shoulder above JaMarcus Russell. And I wouldn't be too hasty in calling Tebow "below-average" in NFL. The guy took a 1-4 team to playoffs and then a win over Steelers in playoffs. Not many QBs can boast of the same. It's not Tebow's fault that coaches/GMs have already made their mind he's not a NFL QB when his stats say otherwise.

Bearsfanforever
Bearsfanforever

 @DaveVanHandel  @Pares Hilton  @jhoush9087  @muktech You would think before those three would agree to help him they would tell him to hire a personal trainer and get in shape so they are not wasting their time.  If he cannot even show the motivation and commitment do do that on his own what would NFL teams paying attention think.  Maybe "same old player, no self discipline and self motivation."

DaveVanHandel
DaveVanHandel

 @Pares Hilton  @jhoush9087  @muktech He says he is committed but he weighs over 300 lbs.  Most people would get in shape before they tried to convince someone that they are serious about an athletic pursuit.  I can't see this working out.

drkmllr
drkmllr

 @pcwhite2  @H2OPoloPunk  @muktech I am NOT a Tebow fan but I will agree he does deserve a chance.  While he did get playing time with Denver, it was plenty of hype.  And I personally do not think even the greats like Montana, Marino, Bradshaw or many others could help the Jets.  That team needs FAR more than a new QB.  Probably one good idea would be to have him on a team where there is a great QB coach or head coach.  Take what Jim Harbaugh did with Alex Smith... He wasn't worth keeping and one year with a coach that was a QB and the results were much better.