The Comeback Trail: JaMarcus Russell’s Long and Winding Road

JaMarcus Russell Comeback Attempt - Scarface Poster - WhiteCoverMag.com

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by Mr. Coach Klein

Bayou Correspondent, White Cover Magazine

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Forget that he’s maybe the biggest No. 1 Draft bust of all-time. Forget that he apparently weights over 300 pounds right now. Forget that nobody wants him. Forget that he was arrested in 2010 for having codeine syrup on him.

Just forget it all. JaMarcus Russell wants to make a comeback.

Maybe he realized what all already knew: if you have an opportunity to be a starting quarterback in the NFL, don’t waste it. Don’t not work out. Don’t get arrested for drugs. Don’t do yourself more harm than an already violent-enough game will do to you over 10+ years. Just don’t.

ESPN’s DJ Gallo listed 10 teams he could fit with on Wednesday. It’s laughable, until you remember that the New York Jets are a thing, and they’ve done worse:

New York Jets

“JaMarcus Russell! What a joke, right? One of the worst quarterbacks ever!

“Fun facts: In 2008, Russell started 15 games and had a 77.1 quarterback rating and 35.3 Total QBR. In 2012, Mark Sanchez started 15 games and had a 66.9 quarterback rating and 23.4 Total QBR. When a team as bad as the Jets has a chance to get a clearly superior quarterback, they have to do it.”

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*When these are the photos that come up after a simple Google search for images of a touted franchise quarterback, you know it wasn’t a long or glorious career.

JaMarcus Russell with LSU - White Cover Magazine
(Photo: SportsChump.net)
JaMarcus Russell with Oakland Raiders - WhiteCoverMag.com
(Photo: ESPN.com)
JaMarcus Russell - Silver and Black Pride - WhiteCoverMag.com
(Photo: SilverAndBlackPride.com)
JaMarcus Russell Interception with Oakland Raiders
(Photo: LATimes.com and BleacherReport.com)
JaMarcus Russell Codeine Syrup - WhiteCoverMag.com
(Photo: JuanelWay.com)