The former quarterback, a notorious draft bust picked 1st all round by the Oakland Raiders in 2007, mentioned he would play for totally free if it meant a shot at redemption. Russell hasn’t been in the NFL given that 2009.
“God tends to make issues take place for a purpose,” Russell mentioned in a video for Sports Illustrated. “Who’s to say? You may see me back. You never ever know, man. You by no means know. … What ever it is — I can be a water boy and operate my way into a scout group. It does not matter. I will go play for totally free.”
Final year, Russell sent letters to every single of the 32 NFL teams with the hope of earning a location in an organization. Sports Illustrated incorporated an image of 1 of these letters addressed to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
“I am prepared to perform my way in and up,” Russell wrote. “I am prepared to lead the scout group for cost-free for 1 year just to get expertise in your program.
“I know that my name does not carry considerably weight in the NFL proper now, but I am much more than the image that other people have bestowed on me. I’ve been labeled as a bust, I have been labeled as lazy and I have been the targets of several insults by the media. The blame for any unfavorable press that I’ve received rested squarely on my shoulders.
“What these rough years (in Oakland) taught me is a lot more beneficial than any lesson that I could have discovered elsewhere. My tribulations have humbled me. I am a far better man since of my struggles, and I merely need an chance to redeem myself. I do not want my legacy to be a trail of unfulfilled dreams and missed possibilities.”
This is not the initial time Russell has been in the news for a comeback try. Back in 2013, Russell worked with a private-instruction group to shed a lot more than 30 pounds in an work to attract an NFL group. He got a exercise with the Chicago Bears, but wasn’t invited to camp.
Now 30, Russell’s possibilities of a comeback are even much more remote then they had been 3 years ago. He appears destined to be remembered as a cautionary tale for front offices and rookies alike. You can recognize why Russell would want to re-craft a happier ending.