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Jamarcus Russell story

Posted on 3/4/15 at 10:51 am
Posted by foghat
Member since Sep 2006
926 posts
Posted on 3/4/15 at 10:51 am
What a waste of talent! LINK
Posted by 777Tiger
Member since Mar 2011
73856 posts
Posted on 3/4/15 at 10:53 am to
this just in, water is wet!
Posted by dagrippa
Member since Nov 2004
11278 posts
Posted on 3/4/15 at 10:58 am to
Thats not an incredible story.
Posted by arcalades
Member since Feb 2014
19276 posts
Posted on 3/4/15 at 10:59 am to

What a waste of talent!
Millen or Russell.

Don’t take Calvin Johnson,’ but if he would have, I would have taken Adrian Peterson.”
So Detroit almost ruined the careers of two all time great rbs.
Posted by c on z
Member since Mar 2009
127313 posts
Posted on 3/4/15 at 11:00 am to

Check out some of the other players who were drafted in the first round after the Raiders whiffed on Russell:Joe Thomas, Adrian Peterson, Patrick Willis, Marshawn Lynch, Darrelle Revis, Dwayne Bowe, Jon Beason, Joe Staley and Greg Olsen. Boy did the Raiders screw that up!

I know this is somewhat off topic, but only like two or three of those guys were worthy of being drafted #1 overall.
Posted by Mr. Wayne
Member since Feb 2008
10047 posts
Posted on 3/4/15 at 11:01 am to
Funny how all of these guys predicted his downfall now that it is well documented. I wouldn't trust Matt Millen to draft a pee wee team. Why try to discourage another team from drafting him if you think he is a joke?
Posted by Farkwad
Member since Sep 2010
2669 posts
Posted on 3/4/15 at 11:02 am to
That was an interesting read. I wish he would have turned it around and made a comeback.
Posted by 777Tiger
Member since Mar 2011
73856 posts
Posted on 3/4/15 at 11:05 am to

I wouldn't trust Matt Millen to draft a pee wee team

you're right about that, the only bigger player evaluating buffoon is probably Jerry Jones
Posted by LMfan
Member since Aug 2014
5145 posts
Posted on 3/4/15 at 11:10 am to
That story sucks. Apparently Millen is as good a storyteller as he is an evaluator of talent.
This post was edited on 3/4/15 at 11:11 am
Posted by jose canseco
Houston via Houma via BR via NOLA
Member since Jul 2007
5667 posts
Posted on 3/4/15 at 11:15 am to

Thats not an incredible story.

my thoughts exactly. He looked at his watch a lot?!?! That's the story.

And I wish I could waste my talent and get $50 million richer...or whatever he made
Posted by 777Tiger
Member since Mar 2011
73856 posts
Posted on 3/4/15 at 11:16 am to

Apparently Millen is as good a storyteller as he is an evaluator of talent.

I loved the SI story years ago(pre-Sandusky,) where Millen was trying to persuade Paterno to pass the baton, he starts his plea by saying "this is probably none of my business," and Paterno listens to the whole spiel without interrupting, and then replies "you're right Matt, it's none of your business"
Posted by Ash Williams
South of i-10
Member since May 2009
18142 posts
Posted on 3/4/15 at 11:17 am to
All i got from that is that Larry Brown (the writer of the story) is a terrible terrible writer
This post was edited on 3/4/15 at 11:34 am
Posted by SportsGuyNOLA
New Orleans, LA
Member since May 2014
16810 posts
Posted on 3/4/15 at 11:21 am to

JaMarcus Russell has gone down as one of the biggest busts in NFL history, and stories like this really help explain why.

"One of"???

He's the #1 all-time bust and nobody else is close.
Posted by HeadBusta4LSU
Baton Rouge
Member since Aug 2007
11312 posts
Posted on 3/4/15 at 11:23 am to
Ryan Leaf says hello
Posted by 777Tiger
Member since Mar 2011
73856 posts
Posted on 3/4/15 at 11:24 am to

Ryan Leaf

first name that came to mind
Posted by OzChuffnugg
Baton Rouge
Member since Jul 2010
1465 posts
Posted on 3/4/15 at 11:31 am to
I thought it was interesting! I loved JaMarcus, but he sure was a disappointment in the NFL!
Posted by MetryTyger
Metro NOLA, LA
Member since Jan 2004
15575 posts
Posted on 3/4/15 at 11:33 am to
Steve Emtmann, Gino Torretta...
Posted by Sid in Lakeshore
Member since Oct 2008
41956 posts
Posted on 3/4/15 at 11:33 am to

He's the #1 all-time bust and nobody else is close.

This guy is a close second.....


At the 1991 NFL Draft the Raiders selected Marinovich in the first round; he was the 24th pick overall and the second quarterback taken—ahead of Brett Favre—signing a three-year, $2.25 million deal. Marinovich made his NFL debut on Monday Night Football, in an exhibition game against the Dallas Cowboys on August 12, 1991. Entering the game with 15 minutes remaining, he moved the Raiders downfield, completing three of four passes for 16 yards and a touchdown. He did not start a game until Jay Schroeder was injured before the final week of the season, where he impressed observers with 23 completions in 40 passes for 243 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs in a close loss.[1] Because of this great debut he started the following week against the Chiefs in the playoffs, but was very poor, throwing for just 140 yards with 4 interceptions in a 10-6 loss and smashing a locker room mirror with his helmet after the game.

After the Raiders began 0-2 in 1992 with Schroeder as quarterback, Marinovich became the starter. He threw for 395 yards in a loss in his first start that season and lost the following week as the Raiders started 0-4. He then won three of his next four games before losing to the Dallas Cowboys. Marinovich's best game during that span was against the Buffalo Bills on October 11, 1992, in which he completed 11 of 21 passes for 188 yards and two touchdowns in a 20-3 victory.[9] The following week Marinovich started against the Philadelphia Eagles, seeing three of his first 10 passes intercepted. Schroeder regained the starting job and Marinovich never played again in the NFL.

Marinovich had serious substance abuse issues throughout his NFL career. During his rookie season he increased his partying and drug use beyond marijuana, including taking pharmaceutical amphetamines before games. Because of his college arrest for cocaine possession, the NFL required him to submit to frequent drug tests. Marinovich passed the tests using friends' urine, but after using the urine of a teammate who had been drinking heavily, the test registered a blood-alcohol level four times the legal limit and caused the Raiders to force him into rehabilitation. The Raiders held an intervention for him after the season, and Marinovich spent 45 days at a rehab facility. In the 1992 season Marinovich shifted to using LSD after games because it would not show up on the drug test. His play suffered and his coaches complained he was not grasping the complex offense. He failed his second NFL drug test and went back into rehab. In training camp before the 1993 season, Marinovich failed his third NFL drug test, this time for marijuana, and was suspended for the 1993 season. The Raiders released Marinovich on the final cutdown, choosing not to pay for Marinovich's salary while being suspended in the year before the salary cap would go into effect.[5]

In 1994, once Marinovich's suspension was lifted, the Pittsburgh Steelers showed some interest in signing him to be their third-string quarterback behind Neil O'Donnell and Mike Tomczak. Marinovich, not liking the culture of the NFL, chose not to return to the NFL. The Steelers ended up turning to the NFL Draft instead, drafting Jim Miller.[5]

After traveling for two years Marinovich attempted to join the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League, but blew out his knee on the first day of training camp. During recovery one of his high school friends introduced him to heroin. Soon after Marinovich was arrested for drug possession and served three months in various jails.[1]

In April 1999 Marinovich was cleared to reenter the NFL, but suffered a herniated disk playing recreational basketball. That summer he tried out and received interest from the San Diego Chargers and the Chicago Bears, but failed the physical examination. So he signed as a backup quarterback with the BC Lions of the CFL. His use of heroin and cocaine increased and his weight dropped, as he would spend almost all of his free time using drugs. At one point Marinovich severely cut his hand with a crack pipe during halftime and had to covertly bandage himself. Despite being asked to stay with the team for another season, he realized he was in a bad situation and left the team.[1]

Marinovich returned to Los Angeles in 2000 and joined the expansion Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League. Despite undergoing severe heroin withdrawal he had a strong season, tying the record for most touchdowns in a single game by throwing 10 touchdowns against the Houston Thunderbears. Marinovich was named to the all-rookie team, and as the Avengers' franchise player, but the day he received his signing bonus he was arrested for buying heroin. Marinovich's career continued to fall apart, as he was ejected from subsequent games for throwing things at referees, and eventually was suspended from the team in 2001.
Posted by 777Tiger
Member since Mar 2011
73856 posts
Posted on 3/4/15 at 11:34 am to
Posted by tensasparishtiger
Member since Dec 2014
92 posts
Posted on 3/4/15 at 11:38 am to
Both Russell and Leaf suck. One has been in prison, the other will probably be there soon.
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