With the former number one pick JaMarcus Russell announcing his intention to comeback to the NFL at 308 pounds, the talk of whether or not the LSU product can make the comeback after such a disappointing end to his career with the Oakland Raiders has started to circulate.
Although Russell making a comeback while still overweight and leaving such the game on bad terms, a few former players are willing to roll the dice on the once promising prospect.
Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk appears to be ready to mentor Russell in order to make the comeback attempt. Faulk talked about Russell via Andy Fenelon of NFL.com:
“I told them I would, under one condition,” Faulk said. “That I talk to him one-on-one before I sign on. I want to know if he’s doing this for the money or if he’s for real. If it’s only for the money, I want no part of it. If he’s serious about playing football again, I’ll help out.”
In 31 games with the Raiders, Russell threw for 4,083 yards, 18 touchdowns and 23 interceptions. Russell also tried to become a force on the ground with 40 carries for 175 rushing yards and one touchdown.
As a number one draft pick, Russell became one of the biggest busts in NFL history. Russell was a promising young player out of LSU that was considered to be the next big thing on the NFL level with his size, strength and mobility, but never able to make the transition from college to pros.
Owner Al Davis was reluctant to part ways with Russell after signing the quarterback to a six-year deal worth $68 million with $31.5 million of that contract being guaranteed. Despite Davis’ reluctance, the team ultimately released Russell on May 9, 2009 leaving him without a team and no team showing considerable interest in the draft bust.