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 at 308 pounds currently.Yahoo! Sports reports that Russell topped out at 320 this past fall.
Russell’s NFL career never came close to warrant being the first overall selection in the 2007 draft. He completed just 52% of his passes, throwing 18 touchdowns and 23 interceptions in three seasons with the Raiders.In 2009, he finished the season with a passer rating of 50 and has logged 18 career fumbles.
In 2010, Russell worked out for the Washington Redskins and the Miami Dolphins but neither team signed him.
Complicating matters for Russell is his arrest for possession of non-prescribed codeine in liquid form.
Russell will have to overcome a perception that he had little passion for the game and had poor practice skills. A return to the NFL will be difficult for Russell.
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