The NFL has always been a place where you can find a good old-fashioned comeback story. We only need to go back few years to see one of them in Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. This next comeback story could be the biggest one of them all, literally and figuratively.
According to Kristian Dyer of Yahoo! Sports, former Oakland Raiders quarterback, and first pick in the 2007 draft, JaMarcus Russell is planning a comeback. The 27-year old Russell has been out of the NFL since 2009 but he has been working out and is down to 308 pounds. Laugh all you want, no seriously, laugh all you want, but that represents a loss of 12 pounds since he’s been working out at the TEST Football Academy with former players Jeff Garcia, Michael Clayton and Marshall Faulk.
If Russell was able to complete his comeback and become an NFL player again, it maybe the greatest comeback story in the history of sports, period. Can you imagine a better story where a former first pick in an entire draft flames out after playing just three seasons, gets released, with not one team picking him up at 24-years old, then gets charged with possession of a felony substance (purple drank), has his body balloon up to over 300 pounds, only to comeback and play in the league again three years later? That would be impressive!
“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 [that] I didn’t love the game, but that pisses me off,” Russell told Yahoo! Sports. “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 to show them I’m not. I’m committed to this now.”
Sorry JaMarcus but that ’bust’ label will stick with you forever until you prove people wrong. Your 18 touchdowns, 23 interceptions and 15 fumbles lost in 25 starts speak louder than your words.
So good luck to you JaMarcus Russell on your comeback journey, and maybe you’ll inspired a movement, a trend as the kids call it today, because I hear Akili Smith wants back in too.
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