He is one arguably the biggest bust in NFL Draft history. Taken #1 overall by the Oakland Raiders in the 2007 draft, JaMarcus Russell’s career has gone down in flames while three future Hall of Famers (Calvin Johnson, Joe Thomas, Adrian Peterson, Darrelle Revis) that were drafted in the following thirteen picks continue to flourish. Add in the fact that the 2007 draft is full of additional All-Pro talents like Patrick Willis and Jon Beason, it makes the drafting of the JaMarcus all the more fitting for the dramatic “bust” label.
Expectations were high for the number one pick coming out of LSU. JaMarcus was a physical beast, standing 6’7 and weighing 300+ lbs. He had a rocket for a right arm and all concerns about his accuracy and decision making were overlooked because of his physical traits. Sadly, JaMarcus lasted only three seasons in the NFL, winning 7 of 25 starts and throwing 23 interceptions with 15 lost fumbles. His football career looked like it was over as his weight and off-field troubles grew. And his career was – for the last four years. But JaMarcus is back and determined to prove his legacy is not that of a “bust.”
“People are always saying that I’m a bust. I want to show them I’m not. I’m committed to this now,” JaMarcus told Yahoo! Sports. The former number one pick will sit down with Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk and other staff members of the TEST West training academy to determine JaMarcus’ heart and also training. Faulk said he will only help if he’s in it for football – and this comeback isn’t simply a money grab. If the TEST West team can get JaMarcus back into playing shape and shore up his mechanics, the 27-year-old quarterback makes for an interesting free agent this off-season considering there is a number of quarterback-hungry NFL teams and no “can’t miss” quarterback prospect like in 2012.
“I will make this happen,” JaMarcus swears. It will be interesting to see if one of the biggest “busts” in NFL history can rewrite his legacy and prove his doubters wrong in 2013.