Jamarcus Russell – NFL quarterback Jamarcus Russell is blaming his failed NFL career on everyone but himself. Russell was released by the Raiders over a year ago, after winning only seven of the 25 games he started in. Even so, Jamarcus blames Oakland’s former coach, Tom Cable, for betraying him and his Raiders’ teammates for a lack of support.
The quarterback also complained that he had to be there at 6:30 a.m. before practice and spend time on the treadmill. Afterwards, while the team watched film, he would fall asleep. He says he was later tested and discovered to have sleep apnea.
At the end of 2009 when he was benched after playing atrociously, he dug his own grave by saying he would refuse a pay cut to stay in Oakland. He finished the season with the lowest quarterback rating in the NFL. He also had the fewest passing yards, fewest touchdowns and lowest completion percentage.
In March of 2010, he allegedly arrived at the Raiders’ mini-camp weighing nearly 300 pounds. Russell was released in May.
Russell says he is serious about getting back and playing in the NFL, but he won’t consider options that have been presented to him that would allow him to prove himself and rebuild his reputation, including the UFL and CFL.
Jamarcus played college football for the LSU Tigers where he finished 21–4 as a starter and was named MVP of the 2007 Sugar Bowl. The Oakland Raiders selected Russell with the first overall pick of the 2007 NFL Draft. Russell held out until the Raiders signed him to a contract worth $61 million with $32 million guaranteed. In three seasons with the Raiders, Russell finished 7–18 as a starter before his release on May 6, 2010
He may need a complete attitude turnaround as well as medical intervention for his sleep apnea, or his most likely path will be one where Russell is soon forgotten, and any chance at a football career has completely faded away.
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