JaMarcus Russel: It’s Time To Leave Him Alone

May 23, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

JaMarcus Russel is 25 years old. He's a millionaire 39 times over, and hes gotten a lot further than he could have ever expected growing up.
He has become the new face of the draft bust, and has taken a hefty beating for it. He has almost no support, and my guess is he will never mount a comeback. So in speaking in behalf of him, Id like to offer some different perspective.
All he did wrong was not live up to the hype. He was supposed to be the next great quarterback to bring the Raiders to another Lombardi. Watching him play at LSU, I bought into the  hype myself. But is that his fault?

No, not really.
Did he gamble? No, that was Pete Rose. To this day Pete Rose has many supporters standing behind him.
Did he test positive for banned substances? No, he did not. However, I can name several players who have admitted to steroid use. In fact, I still see their jerseys at the stadium.
Has he started fights? Had run ins with the law, murdered anybody? Ra...

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