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JaMarcus Russell keeps working toward getting back to the NFL

The first pick in the 2007 draft continues to be serious about a 2013 comeback.

Monte Poole of the Bay Area News Group explains the efforts JaMarcus Russell is undertaking to get back to the NFL.  He’s working out at the TEST West Football Academy in San Diego, and former NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia is helping with footwork, passing, and conditioning.

Folks from Russell’s hometown are firmly in his corner.  “If he goes anywhere — the Jets, Miami, wherever — we’ll be with him,” Mobile, Alabama barber Reginald Payton told Poole.  “Just get on a team.  We don’t care which team.”

Another local barber says Russell is coming back for pride.  “He said they took his manhood,” Tre Hern explained. “It’s not about money.  He’ll play for nothing.”

We’re not sure how anyone other than Russell took Russell’s manhood.  The deeper problem is that Russell took the money — a lot of it — and never really did anything.  And when other teams started sniffing around Russell following the Raiders’ decision to sever ties, Russell didn’t exactly demonstrate a high level of motivation.  At least one NFL team visited with him several years ago, asked him to go outside and show off his arm, and he declined.

Now, at age 27, Russell is trying to regain whatever it is that he lost during a brief NFL career.  In a league that is desperate for quarterbacks, it’s hard to think he won’t at least get a chance to show what he can now do.

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88 Responses to “JaMarcus Russell keeps working toward getting back to the NFL”
  1. kdub79 says: Feb 12, 2013 7:28 AM

    I wonder what the local barbers in my town think about this. Why was this barber survey limited to his hometown?

  2. joetoronto says: Feb 12, 2013 7:34 AM

    One of the worst “QB’s” the world has ever seen, yet better than anything the Chiefs have.

  3. jw36969 says: Feb 12, 2013 7:35 AM

    I’ll take a wild guess and say he’s broke?

  4. rhinojr says: Feb 12, 2013 7:37 AM

    I’m sure the browns will pick him up

  5. ravenator says: Feb 12, 2013 7:38 AM

    Good fit for the Jets?

  6. givemericewiththat says: Feb 12, 2013 7:42 AM

    He is still nearly two years younger than Brandon Weeden.

  7. gronkspike802 says: Feb 12, 2013 7:44 AM

    Did they just go around Mobile interviewing barbers??

  8. vincespowersweep says: Feb 12, 2013 7:45 AM

    Please go away Jamarcus.

  9. purplepillager says: Feb 12, 2013 7:46 AM

    Manhood for $32 million and the opportunity to ruin a franchise. Russell does not deserve any more chances in the NFL.

  10. eaglesfanintx says: Feb 12, 2013 7:46 AM

    Sounds to me like he’s out of money…….

  11. thechronicjoker says: Feb 12, 2013 7:47 AM

    Is he coming back as a QB or an offensive lineman. I thought he ballooned up to 325 pounds.

  12. NoobTubeTV says: Feb 12, 2013 7:48 AM

    The Browns need someone to take Frostee Rucker’s spot. Come on in JaMarcus.

  13. garyman1 says: Feb 12, 2013 7:50 AM

    Translation: JaMarcus Russell must have spent all the millions he made already.

  14. stanmarshmorelikestandarsh says: Feb 12, 2013 7:50 AM

    I was never a big JaMarcus fan, but I hope he succeeds just so the author of this article can eat his cynical words.

  15. jakescott13 says: Feb 12, 2013 7:50 AM

    He’d look great in a Jets uniform.

  16. lightcleric says: Feb 12, 2013 7:51 AM

    “Russell is trying to regain whatever it is that he lost during a brief NFL career.”

    About 150 pounds?

  17. sicklnick121 says: Feb 12, 2013 7:51 AM

    Until I hear him say, It was all on me. I wouldnt trust this fool with a golf ball at a pitch and put… Nobody feels sorry for you Russell..

  18. fuglyflorio says: Feb 12, 2013 7:53 AM

    One cheeseburger at a time …

  19. southridge23 says: Feb 12, 2013 7:54 AM

    Not getting my hopes up but I’m rooting for a strong comeback out of this one.

  20. bengalsmofo says: Feb 12, 2013 7:56 AM

    Perhaps I’m not looking at this the right way, but I fail to see how he’s the victim.

  21. djcologne says: Feb 12, 2013 8:04 AM

    Garcia said he just didn’t look crisp.

  22. vtopa says: Feb 12, 2013 8:07 AM

    The only way I’d hire this guy is if he agreed to be paid on a game-by-game basis…with the check cut at the END of the game.

  23. spellingcops says: Feb 12, 2013 8:08 AM

    You can’t fix stupid. Therefore he’ll never be a starting nfl QB again.

  24. bombayjon says: Feb 12, 2013 8:11 AM

    If money doesn’t mean anything to him can I have my $80 back for his stupid jersey?

  25. xmiksticky says: Feb 12, 2013 8:13 AM

    The Chiefs should pick him up how much worse could he be than what they already have?

  26. jacobknicks says: Feb 12, 2013 8:14 AM

    If Jamarcus has the support of a handful of local, Mobile AL barbers then I am sure he is finally, truly ready to be back in the NFL

  27. coltzfan166 says: Feb 12, 2013 8:15 AM

    Cincinnati will be the team that signs him

  28. souldogdave says: Feb 12, 2013 8:15 AM

    Florio, did you get something in return for writing a puff-piece about that clown Russell?He just doesn’t have it upstairs, everybody knows he is nowhere.

  29. expertop says: Feb 12, 2013 8:16 AM

    The drank stole his manhood. And laziness.

  30. britishraven says: Feb 12, 2013 8:16 AM

    Is there any way fans of the other 31 teams in the league can get together and ensure that he goes to the Jets?

  31. jayquintana says: Feb 12, 2013 8:18 AM

    Maybe, just maybe, this guy has changed. I doubt it, but if you’re a team, why not invite him to camp? And if he shows up late for practice once, waive him.

  32. bowmanj35 says: Feb 12, 2013 8:27 AM

    couple funny things…one its obvious he needs money and never was that invested in football in the first place. two, if you’re working to get back in the league would you really want Jeff Garcia to be the guy training you?

  33. nyyjetsknicks says: Feb 12, 2013 8:27 AM

    As a tackle? Guy to eat all leftover food at the facility so there’s no waste? Use his body to block the media from watching practice?

  34. paul82461 says: Feb 12, 2013 8:30 AM

    Is this the best story you got, he doesnt have a chance to comeback. He couldnt make it when he was at the top of his game and now…

  35. sfm073 says: Feb 12, 2013 8:32 AM

    He needs to go to Canada for a couple of years and learn to be a professional qb first and then teams can give him a shot.

  36. demolition510 says: Feb 12, 2013 8:32 AM

    You don’t have to play for free. Just pay back the Raiders the money that you stole.

  37. socalraider909 says: Feb 12, 2013 8:34 AM

    No one will sign him maybe next year if he continues to work out he’ll end up with the jets

  38. rgthrizzle says: Feb 12, 2013 8:34 AM

    We need a backup QB on our flag football team J-Russ?

  39. tannethrill says: Feb 12, 2013 8:34 AM

    Yeah, the game took his manhood…or maybe it was codeine

  40. tommysaint1 says: Feb 12, 2013 8:37 AM

    Stay focused JaMarcuss!

  41. division2lbss says: Feb 12, 2013 8:38 AM

    I hope he succeeds. I know he probably acted like an idiot at times but not every story is to be believed. Not everyone gets a chance at the NFL let alone second chances but not every body’s 6 foot 6 with a rocket on their shoulder

  42. skinsfaninphilly says: Feb 12, 2013 8:39 AM

    What a complete waste of size and talent!!! This guy had potential to be Big Ben with Flacco’s arm, but made some horrible life decisions smh. All his decisions are on him, but you have to put some accountability on the people that surrounded him during his downfall for not stopping him from ruining his career and life. Crazy thing that will forver haunt this guy…is the fact that he held out to start his career because he felt like he ws worth more than what he was…that is probably one of the main reasons why the NFL changed the rookie wage scale

  43. phillyphan72 says: Feb 12, 2013 8:47 AM

    I wish him well…Andy would take a chance on him in KC…

  44. hehateme2 says: Feb 12, 2013 8:50 AM

    jests need a QB. The Dolphins already have one- that is all.

  45. classyjacklambert says: Feb 12, 2013 8:52 AM

    So what is the league minimum on a lazy overweight security guard these days?

  46. rcbn says: Feb 12, 2013 8:54 AM

    Give the man a break! All of us have made bad choices at sometime or sometimes in our life and he made his too! Maybe he wishes to recapture his “Manhood.”

  47. rajbais says: Feb 12, 2013 8:57 AM

    “Russell is trying to regain whatever it is that he lost”?

    He should actually lose what he’s gained, 60 lbs.

  48. stigman2012 says: Feb 12, 2013 8:59 AM

    “He’ll play for nothing.”

    –Still crickets.

  49. conormacleod says: Feb 12, 2013 9:01 AM

    He got paid. I can’t feel bad for him.

  50. nflofficeadmin says: Feb 12, 2013 9:03 AM

    As much as he set the Raiders back, I wish him the best. Hope he can keep his head on straight and do something positive for himself and others.

  51. nickwire says: Feb 12, 2013 9:06 AM

    please please please go to the jets. that would be so much fun to watch.

  52. r8rnuck says: Feb 12, 2013 9:06 AM

    this is a pretty big build up for an april fool’s prank.

    if this was the first comeback attempt, then you could maybe cut him some slack…unfortunately for him, its not. plus, who the hell wants a “comeback” to his numbers…if you ever watched the comedy of errors that was jamarcus russell play ball, you should be getting anxiety attacks reading this. he makes sanchez look “elite”

  53. nickwire says: Feb 12, 2013 9:07 AM

    .as a jets hater that is

  54. skoobyfl says: Feb 12, 2013 9:09 AM

    Good for him, Drew Brees looked worthless for a bit there as well.

  55. fordmandalay says: Feb 12, 2013 9:14 AM

    Is he under 300 pounds yet? That would be the real sign that he’s serious.

  56. vilelabyrinth says: Feb 12, 2013 9:18 AM

    good for him that he’s cleaned himself up, probably better than the chiefs or browns options at qb

  57. raiderlyfe510 says: Feb 12, 2013 9:20 AM

    It wasn’t all Jamarcus’ fault. Just take a look around All of his receivers and offensive coaches are out of the NFL except for Knapp(how he’s still in the NFL-I don’t know).

    He had the worst coaches and supporting cast. Too bad he didnt have the work ethic so the blame could have been placed on the right people.

  58. granadafan says: Feb 12, 2013 9:30 AM

    Somehow I don’t think his entourage would appreciate it if JaWalrus played for free. How are they going to get paid to cause trouble and make it rain at “scrip” clubs?

  59. filthymcnasty1 says: Feb 12, 2013 9:33 AM

    I have to believe that he’s better than Ponder.

  60. azarkhan says: Feb 12, 2013 9:37 AM

    Nobody cares. Really.

  61. EJ says: Feb 12, 2013 9:37 AM

    I’d give him a shot. Invite him to training camp to see if anything has really changed for the better. Russell could be successful, but a lot needs to change first. Number one would be to show that he has rid himself of the laziness. Number two, prove that he can learn what ever is thrown into his lap. Showing that he still has a rocket for an arm will help out his case. Add in accuracy and he’ll be on the right path. It couldn’t hurt to at least check if there is a possibility that he could play again. You never know, weirder things have happened.

  62. skinsfaninnebraska says: Feb 12, 2013 9:38 AM

    If he is serious, he’s worth a look by some QB-needy team. There are certainly enough of them right now.

    He never killed anybody, and he never electrocuted any pit bulls. All the guys who did that have gotten second chances, so why not him? His only crime was wasting Al Davis’s money.

  63. agelardi says: Feb 12, 2013 9:48 AM

    If this guy had a brain, or a good agent, they would have turn this into a reality show so whether he makes it back or not, he’ll get some money out of it.

  64. polapea says: Feb 12, 2013 9:48 AM

    This guy is nothing but wasted talent. Million dollar arm and a 10 cent head.

  65. chattanola says: Feb 12, 2013 9:48 AM

    His is a sad cautionary tale. He squandered his big chance and his big money.

    Best he can hope for is to be signed to a practice/development squad. That way he can demonstrate that his work ethic has improved and that he is worthy to play QB in the NFL

  66. norcalmikey says: Feb 12, 2013 10:25 AM

    Well the laugh I had after reading this sure woke me up this morning.

  67. jtylert says: Feb 12, 2013 10:26 AM

    Pats will sign him and groom him to be Wilfork’s replacement.

  68. ultramegacritic says: Feb 12, 2013 10:35 AM

    I think he will go back to Oakland, I think Mark Davis is a nice guy who has a soft spot for former players and will give JaMarcus a chance

  69. r8rsfan says: Feb 12, 2013 10:52 AM

    This is the kid I wanted Al to take #1, so it’s on me too I suppose. He set the franchise back 5 years. But I still can’t hate the guy and hope he can get it together. He has a game similar to Flacco, but with an even bigger arm.

  70. hrmlss says: Feb 12, 2013 10:55 AM

    I think to Green Bay. They need an assistant greens keeper to mow the Practice field.

  71. mtntrouter says: Feb 12, 2013 10:56 AM

    I have no sympathy for this guy. Love or hate the Raiders, Al Davis went on record to say that they tried to fix this guy but he could not be fixed because of his addiction (sirzzup). Jamarcus simply didn’t want help because he’d already been paid. Lane Kiffin wanted to draft Calvin Johnson over Russell, which said something at the time. Tom Cable supposedly gave Russell a CD, and told Russell to study it as the game plan was on it. When Cable asked Russell if Russell had studied the CD, Russell answered yes. According to sources (Tim Kawakami), the CD was blank, and Cable made Gradkowski the starter. Russell may have matured now that he is probably broke, but you cannot teach work ethic. Russell cashed in on one great game against Notre Dame. He had all the talent in the world, and he pissed it away. If he wants to make things right, he should give back Oakland whatever money he has left and offer to take up a spot on the O-line. Classic Bum.

  72. njsaelee says: Feb 12, 2013 11:22 AM

    For 30-plus million, they can take my manhood.

  73. immafubared says: Feb 12, 2013 11:22 AM

    Maybe if I studay hardar next yaer I will bee able to bee a rcohket scientist!

    The guy doesn’t get it. It had little to do with his arm, even though he came into camp with an ass bigger than a Minnesota Snow Shovel, it was ALL about not being able to read the complicated defenses the Pro’s pose. Some get it and some don’t.

  74. footballchic777 says: Feb 12, 2013 11:33 AM

    Russell says “they” took his manhood! Heck, he flung it at them freely with both hands, that way they were both free to take his money and run…….ummm, waddle away. If he makes a comeback, he should have to repay the money the Raiders wasted on him. He ranks among the biggest busts ever in football, and tops the list of the most selfish and indulgent!

  75. banky74 says: Feb 12, 2013 11:49 AM

    All jokes aside, the bottom line here is if the dude works his butt off and takes this seriously, he’s going to get a job in this league.

    Too many teams need depth at QB so if he really commits to football, he’s going to get signed.

    If he doesn’t get signed, we’ll know it’s another example of this fat turd throwing away his gifts.

  76. 1oldpro says: Feb 12, 2013 11:55 AM

    Regarding the article, using the words “JaMarcus Russell” and “working” in the same sentence got my attention. Then the phrase “doing it for pride” got me to laugh.

  77. r8rnuck says: Feb 12, 2013 11:58 AM

    florio, you should mention the other times he tried to come back…like how his life coach john lucas actually quit on the comeback kid

  78. radrntn says: Feb 12, 2013 12:08 PM

    he will sign with any team, as long as their is a buffet table with all you can eat in that town….leave it to monte poole to write this article….there is no gray with him…it’s always black and white.

  79. throw46 says: Feb 12, 2013 12:12 PM

    JR should be in top shape before he makes any announcement……that should be a given…..
    I kinda get the feeling he’s not there yet, so………Forgetaboutit.

  80. justintuckrule says: Feb 12, 2013 12:20 PM

    I love Jamarcus Russell posts because they let me read and say sizzurp and purple drank….two of the funniest words in the English lexicon.

  81. pettytom says: Feb 12, 2013 12:24 PM

    The words Jamarcus Russel and work should never be used in the same sentence. It’s an oxymoron.

  82. bisonbreath123 says: Feb 12, 2013 12:26 PM

    He was never suited for an NFL offense.
    Hes perfectly suited for slinging chicken sandwiches and those delicious minis as a Chick Fil A counter clerk. And he’ll get meal discounts and purple drank breaks so he doesnt wither away under 300 lbs…..Aaaaahhh, life is so good.

  83. tennesseeoilers says: Feb 12, 2013 12:35 PM

    I never thought I’d say this, but my former favorite player needs to take a lesson from JaMarcus Russell: Vince Young, grow up, dude, take responsibility for your past mistakes and start working your butt off to get back in the league.

  84. nicosanchez02 says: Feb 12, 2013 12:44 PM

    I’ve been having one heck of a morning, and needed a good laugh. Thanks all!!

  85. raiddawgz says: Feb 12, 2013 1:16 PM

    Personally, even though the guy was lazy and a drug addict, I feel he was screwed from the start. He was one of youngest QB’s with Greg Knapp as coordinator. He showed flashes at times but with no running game he was set to fail. I think with some motivation (no money, pride, etc) and a good scheme, he may be a productive QB. Pay him league min on a one year deal and see if he can redeem himself. Worth a look in my estimation…

  86. mazblast says: Feb 12, 2013 3:23 PM

    coltzfan166 says:

    Cincinnati will be the team that signs him
    Not enough felony arrests yet.

  87. mgflolox says: Feb 12, 2013 9:18 PM

    “Took away his manhood”??? If there’s one thing JaMarcus proved in his brief NFL career, it’s that he has zero understanding of what it means to be a man. You can’t have something taken away from you that you never possessed in the first place. JaMarcus needs to ACHIEVE manhood before he’ll ever be any kind success, in football or in life. Until he figures that part out, he’ll always be a failure.

  88. dawglb says: Feb 13, 2013 11:30 AM

    I would rather sign Nipsey Russell as my back up.

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