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NFL tries to forget JaMarcus Russell

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If you’re in New York for the draft this week and you happen to pass by the NFL’s store in Manhattan, look up.

A reader passed along a photo of the images above the shop, which was opened earlier this month in advance of the draft.

The display contains shots of the first overall picks from 2005 through 2011.  Except for one:  JaMarcus Russell.

And here’s what makes it even more glaring.  The display identifies Jake Long as the first overall pick in 2007.

It may not have been an accident.  Three faces appear on one side of the display, and three appear on the other, with the 2012 NFL Draft logo in between.  And so it goes Alex Smith in 2005, Mario Williams in 2006, Jake Long in 2007, draft logo in the middle, Matthew Stafford in 2009, Sam Bradford in 2010, and Cam Newton in 2011.  By putting “2007″ next to Jake Long, the absence of 2008 is less noticeable in the symmetrical arrangement of photos.

As to the omission of Russell, it could be that the league has no authority to display his image, now that he is no longer party to the group licensing arrangement between the NFL and the NFLPA.  Regardless of the reason, he’s being treated as if he never existed.

Raiders fans have been trying to do that for at least three years.

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43 Responses to “NFL tries to forget JaMarcus Russell”
  1. mjbulls45 says: Apr 23, 2012 3:52 PM

    jamarcus was destined to fail, so they could get a stop gap QB in campbell while carson suffered in cinncy,

    only to have a rogue coach in hue jackson pull the trigger on a massive deal to bring carson palmer back to the west coast,

    and to win a Superbowl with the Raiders.

    Thank you Jamarcus.

  2. diamonds2323 says: Apr 23, 2012 3:56 PM

    “The display contains shots of the first overall picks from 2005 through 2011. Except for one: JaMarcus Russell.”

    The pictures of the draft picks actually go back to 2001, with Michael Vick. They even have David Carr’s picture up there, which I guess makes it even more embaressing for Russell.

  3. blacknole08 says: Apr 23, 2012 3:57 PM

    Russell should have returned the late Tom Martinez’s phone call when he had the chance.

  4. fcrraptor720 says: Apr 23, 2012 3:58 PM

    Sad sad story

  5. 4thquartermagic says: Apr 23, 2012 4:00 PM

    Nfl released a statement regarding this matter:

    “We tried to feature Mr. Russel on the display, however he was much to large to fit.”

  6. mullman7675 says: Apr 23, 2012 4:01 PM

    Drafting Russell was the result of the misfortune of having the #1 overall pick in 2007. The experts were wetting their pants just thinking about his potential. Any other team with the #1 overall pick that year would have done the same thing, and if you don’t think so then you have not been paying attention.

  7. steviemo says: Apr 23, 2012 4:08 PM

    Like I wrote 100 times in April of 2008: You don’t pass on Calvin Johnson.

  8. rc33 says: Apr 23, 2012 4:10 PM

    They should just put up a photo of a can of Purple Drank.

  9. kacapaco says: Apr 23, 2012 4:10 PM

    Though JR’s career was no better than the poop I flush down the toilet, to ignore the fact that he was part of NFL’s history is a disgrace on league’s part. He was the pick & should be there.

  10. bearsrulepackdrool says: Apr 23, 2012 4:11 PM

    When reached for comment the designer for the display said, “Sorry, I was sippin’ on some sizzurp.”

  11. wayne1693 says: Apr 23, 2012 4:13 PM

    I would hope we believe in redemption, and to me, it’s kinda sleazy to re-write history. Just because a guy suffers from Post-NFL-Draft-Meltdown, does not mean he shouldn’t be recognized for this collegiate achievements which in turn led to his being chosen #1 in the draft. When there’s been so much water under the bridge…it would be nice to see the NFL take the high road. You kick a guy so much in this situation…you end up with a Ryan Leaf. Alternatively, maybe with a little restored self-esteem, etc., JMR goes in the other direction.

  12. johnnyjagfan says: Apr 23, 2012 4:13 PM

    @mullman7675:

    Couldn’t disagree with your “any other team with the #1 pick” theory. The Raiders were willfully blind of his rep for laziness. I just wish someone else would have had the pick so they could trade it to the Raiders and make the decision to take him first look even worse.

    I attended the game vs. KC when Cable finally replaced Russell with Gradkowski. The sparse crowd felt hope. They moved the ball. Almost tied it up at the end, but DHB couldn’t hold onto the ball and it was picked.

    The dude was lazy, didn’t care about football.

  13. hsatpft says: Apr 23, 2012 4:14 PM

    What does Jake Long think about this?

  14. dccowboy says: Apr 23, 2012 4:18 PM

    So Russell is officially an ‘unperson’. Ministry of Truth lives!

  15. tilafoo says: Apr 23, 2012 4:22 PM

    I can’t help but wonder if Russell would have turned out better had he started out as a backup and gone to a team that actually had something going for them in the first place. I don’t dislike the Raiders, just being realistic, at the time, they really didn’t have much of an offense for any QB to come into.

  16. phillyphever says: Apr 23, 2012 4:22 PM

    mullman7675 says:
    Apr 23, 2012 4:01 PM

    Drafting Russell was the result of the misfortune of having the #1 overall pick in 2007. The experts were wetting their pants just thinking about his potential. Any other team with the #1 overall pick that year would have done the same thing, and if you don’t think so then you have not been paying attention.

    I would have taken Calvin Johnson or Joe Thomas #1 in the draft. I knew Russell would bust, but not as badly as he did.

  17. donniebmc says: Apr 23, 2012 4:25 PM

    I think we’re all trying to forget about him.

  18. jmota222 says: Apr 23, 2012 4:28 PM

    I don’t think Jamarcus Russell will even notice he is still counting the 30 million the raiders gave him!!

  19. maxpower1912 says: Apr 23, 2012 4:29 PM

    This confuses me…why didn’t they just start in 2004 so they could skip 2007 (since Long was drafted in ’08)?

  20. dryzzt23 says: Apr 23, 2012 4:33 PM

    This is what happens when you take a severely overhyped QB who wasn’t even all that good in college.

    Add in the fact that he’s black and it’s a done deal b/c the media refuses to criticize, and refuses to allow accurate criticism of a black QB by fans/radio listeners, etc.

    NFL teams should always go with a QB who started 3+ years like Donovan McNabb, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, etc. The one year wonder-type QBs rarely, if ever work out in the long run (see Smith, Akili and Leaf, Ryan).

  21. squared80 says: Apr 23, 2012 4:34 PM

    Money makes you more of what you already are. As is the case with Russell.

  22. freebird2011 says: Apr 23, 2012 4:34 PM

    Dear Al (fka “Skeletor,” nka Skeleton) Davis:

    Thank you for letting us have Calvin Johnson.

    Very Truly Yours,

    Lions fans everywhere

  23. dryzzt23 says: Apr 23, 2012 4:39 PM

    Whoa now fellas, let’s not paint Russell as a “victim” here.

    He happily pocketed $30+ million that he never earned, or even tried to earn. If his feelings are “hurt” or if he feels “dissed”, who freakin’ cares?

    If anything, the Raiders should still feel “hurt” AND “dissed” b/c he hoodwinked them out of $30+ million.

  24. kahnsbushymustache says: Apr 23, 2012 4:40 PM

    When he wants to criticize current NFL QBs, Michael Lombardi should remember that he drafted said Russell…

  25. raiderredleg says: Apr 23, 2012 4:42 PM

    The NFL decided graciously to honor Al Davis during this upcoming NFL Draft by forgetting to display a photo of THE WORST NFL DRAFT PICK of his great NFL career (at least Todd Marionvich was taken later in the 1st round and had ONE great NFL game against the Giants).

    Rest in Peace Coach Davis.

  26. copdoc says: Apr 23, 2012 4:47 PM

    Russel is no longer in the league, and his likeness cannot be publicly displayed without a specific licensing agreement. They didn’t omit Russel, they omitted the year he was drafted, and that omitted Russel. Sometimes “legal stuff” works out right for you.

  27. raider17 says: Apr 23, 2012 4:49 PM

    The coaching change was the end for Jamarcus. Changing coaches and the death of his uncle was too much. He was showing signs in the last game of 08 vs Tampay. Derrick Brooks’ last game. We had no QB to get the ball to Calvin Johnson. He was the right pick that didn’t work. I think he was more to blame than the Raiders, but we didn’t help him changing coaches.

    Al Davis Forever!!!
    Just Win Baby!!!

  28. kingfish4242 says: Apr 23, 2012 5:08 PM

    raider17 says:
    Apr 23, 2012 4:49 PM
    The coaching change was the end for Jamarcus. Changing coaches and the death of his uncle was too much. He was showing signs in the last game of 08 vs Tampay. Derrick Brooks’ last game. We had no QB to get the ball to Calvin Johnson. He was the right pick that didn’t work. I think he was more to blame than the Raiders, but we didn’t help him changing coaches.

    Al Davis Forever!!!
    Just Win Baby!!!

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    Disagree, you could have had Jeff Garcia throwing to Megatron. Garcia would have been a stop gap,but the position could have been filled later.

    Saints fan and LSU watcher here. Once again,when it was announced Russell was the overall #1 pick,a collective WTF!! ran through Tiger Nation. We knew Russell would never be a great Qb. He parlayed a Sugar Bowl game with 2 future NFL Wr’s in Dwayne Bowe and Brandon Lafell against a over matched Notre Dame team.

  29. youhavenoclue says: Apr 23, 2012 5:32 PM

    RG3=JaMarcus

  30. elifan4life says: Apr 23, 2012 5:43 PM

    Why not Matt Ryan’s face on the billboard? he is the only player from that draft that has had success?!

  31. jimmylions says: Apr 23, 2012 5:49 PM

    I don’t get why it’s not Calvin Johnson instead of Jake Long.

  32. kingfish4242 says: Apr 23, 2012 6:02 PM

    elifan4life says:
    Apr 23, 2012 5:43 PM
    Why not Matt Ryan’s face on the billboard? he is the only player from that draft that has had success?!
    =================================

    Ryan was a 3rd overall pick. These are #1 overall picks.

  33. hedphurst says: Apr 23, 2012 6:08 PM

    It’s sad that very few seem to even pick up on the fact that Long wasn’t drafted in 2007, & Russell was. Florio didn’t spell it out clearly, but he did point out that something was wrong with portraying Jake Long as the first overall pick in 2007. Skipping Russell for legal reasons or shame is one thing, but marking Long’s picture with the wrong year is just stupid.

  34. rcali says: Apr 23, 2012 9:43 PM

    JaBust is just another reminder of how I’m going to miss crazy Al drafting.

  35. huejackson says: Apr 23, 2012 11:57 PM

    Ok time to set the truth straight again…
    I love how these reporters take shots at Oakland for taking Jamarcus when in fact if they did not they would be trashing them back then..
    Mel Kiper said “Russell is the best College QB who is NFL ready he has seen in years”
    Mike Florio: Russell will be a top qb in the NFL”

  36. mullman7675 says: Apr 24, 2012 3:42 AM

    Russell’s workouts were through the roof, the lions were lucky they had the #2 pick. If Al had drafted megatron the lions would have happily snatched Russell up. No matter what, JaMarcus was not going to slide in the draft. These are the facts, and they can not be disputed.

  37. bearsoxass says: Apr 24, 2012 6:05 AM

    He’s now working at Mc Donald.

  38. bucsfan5000 says: Apr 24, 2012 6:57 AM

    “JaMarcus Russell’s gonna immediately energize that Raider Nation, that fanbase, that football team — on the practice field, in that locker room — three years from now you could be looking at a guy that’s certainly one of the elite top-five quarterbacks in this league…you’re talking about a 2-3 year period once he’s under center. Look out because skill level that he has is certainly John Elway-like.”
    -Mel Kiper

  39. kingfish4242 says: Apr 24, 2012 9:14 AM

    bucsfan5000 says:
    Apr 24, 2012 6:57 AM
    “JaMarcus Russell’s gonna immediately energize that Raider Nation, that fanbase, that football team — on the practice field, in that locker room — three years from now you could be looking at a guy that’s certainly one of the elite top-five quarterbacks in this league…you’re talking about a 2-3 year period once he’s under center. Look out because skill level that he has is certainly John Elway-like.”
    -Mel Kiper

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    Good reason why I don’t take Kiper too seriously. He gets way too enamored with workout numbers and not what he sees on the field.

  40. beeronthefridge says: Apr 24, 2012 9:22 AM

    The worst thing is all the draft gurus that screw up all the time, are never accountable to anyone, proclaim themselves to be experts and get “mad” when a time doesn’t pick their predicted “player” for them.

  41. radrntn says: Apr 24, 2012 3:43 PM

    J-bust……….worse thing is he set the raiders back 3 years…but in all reality the draft more or less dictates what you take. QB is the most often selected position with the #1 pick. Raiders needed a qb, and the only time the raiders ever had a #1 pick.

    In all reality in the history of the draft, the 2007 QB class was probably the worse ever…..They all sucked, and with respect to cardinals fans the jury is still out on Kolb, but there was a reason why the card’s went after peyton. I mean fact was nobody in the huddle could even understand what J-Bust was saying with his louisana draw.

    The best think is you will no longer have guys celebrating on purple drank that the won the 68 million dollar lotto. Rookies now have to earn their worth.

  42. thetooloftools says: Apr 29, 2012 11:35 AM

    Russell will go down in history as THE reason for the rookie pay scale. He STOLE money from the Raiders.

  43. grimmlock42 says: May 7, 2012 5:58 PM

    Horrible!!! Horrible!!! Horrible!!! This makes me sick. How lucky can the colts get. If only Jamarcus Russell was coming out this year and Andrew Luck was the guy in 2008, we’d be awesome right now. We could’ve kept all those draft picks and used them to help our other needs. This was a setback that ruined not only the raiders, but it ruined it for the other guys coming out of college.

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