Anatomy of a Bust: The JaMarcus Russell Saga

May 7, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

For 16 years, I have been a fan of LSU football, mainly because as a boy, I would pick up LSU games on my old Radio Shack transistor radio from WWL in New Orleans.
When my 9-year-old brain was indoctrinated into LSU Tigers football, Jamie Howard was making the art of passing look like Precious at a track meet while Curley Hallman was doing his best Tommy West impersonation.
In the 16 years between Jamie Howard and Jordan Jefferson, there have been quarterbacks who have made me stand up and cheer and those who have made me shake my head.
JaMarcus Russell was a quarterback in the mold of Byron Leftwich, blessed with a strong arm as well as the other intangibles.
In 2007, when LSU defeated Notre Dame in the Sugar Bowl, Russell showed the LSU faithful that he was indeed ready for the NFL, throwing for 363 yards in a 41-17 rout of the Fighting Irish.
And it seemed that way.
When he was drafted No. 1 by the Raiders, it seemed the team had found its quarterback ...

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