We have to admit that we miss former Oakland Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell. Whether he was downing sizzurp like it was his job, or never taking responsibility for his awful, awful play on the field, the former No. 1-overall pick was always entertaining…even if it wasn’t in a good way.
Now, sources tell Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports that Russell is most likely done in the NFL after his “life coach” John Lucas recently told him to leave Houston because of his deteriorating work habits. Russell began working with Lucas last year and initially was working hard to return to the NFL. But even Lucas, who has helped a myriad of pro athletes overcome addiction problems, had to throw up his hands and give up.
Yes, this is the same guy who coached the Miami Tropics! Richard Dumas and Roy Tarpley? No problem. JaMarcus? Ehhhhh….apparently, Lucas can’t cure laziness.
Charles Barkley was even brought in in an attempt to motivate Russell, but no dice.
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“The title of your article should be, ‘It’s Over,’ ” on source told Cole. “It’s just amazing that you could say that about somebody who is 25 years old and just got drafted four years ago. But it’s been almost a year since he got cut and there’s no interest. Even before the lockout, nobody wanted to get near the kid.”
It was probably over for Russell when Baltimore Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome refused to meet with him in Alabama in January (actually, it was probably over for him when they announced his name on draft day). They thought meeting Ozzie would motivate him, but they didn’t even get the chance to find out.
Russell worked out for the Washington Redskins and Miami Dolphins last Novemeber, but that didn’t go so well. He reportedly was 288 lbs. when he worked out for the Redskins, and 292 lbs. when he met with the Dolphins. Sheesh!
“It’s such a waste of talent,” the source said. “It’s hard to believe a guy with that much ability could let it just waste. It’s sad. … It’s like they say, you can’t coach desire.”
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He’s only 25-years old, but it looks like Jamarcus’ time in the NFL is over. At least he made a few bucks.