Former No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell, who at this point in his non-existent NFL career is one of the biggest draft busts in sports history, is hoping to shed that label.
Yahoo! Sports reports that Russell "is planning a comeback attempt that he hopes will see him play in the league again."
Russell, now 27, has dropped from 320 pounds to 308 pounds, according to Yahoo!, and surrounded himself with former NFL players to help him through the comeback process. Mike Clayton, a former NFL wide receiver who went to LSU like Russell, is serving as a mentor, with ex-49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia and Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk among the others part of Russell's team, according to Yahoo!.
Since being cut by the Raiders after the 2009 season, Russell has been in the news for the wrong reasons, including a 2010 arrest for possession of codeine cough syrup without a prescription.
Russell explained his motivation for coming back to Yahoo!:
“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. 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 show them I’m not. I’m committed to this now.”
In three NFL seasons, all with the Raiders, Russell compiled a 52.1 completion percentage and 18/23 touchdown-to-interception ratio. His career QB rating is 65.2.