JaMarcus Russell Speaks With Sports Illustrated; Is He Misunderstood?

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JaMarcus Russell Speaks With Sports Illustrated; Is He Misunderstood?
 

 
Thinks he might actually make it back to the NFL someday. Lays into Tom Cable, the rest of the team, and dismisses rumors of laziness. You buying it?


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Since the Raiders released JaMarcus Russell in May 2010 he has slipped into obscurity.

Until now.

Sports Illustrated recently caught up with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2007 NFL Draft in his hometown of Mobile, Ala.

Here's what he had to say on the following issues...

On reports that he fell asleep during team meetings:

"In the NFL, my first year, I had to be there at 6:30 before practice and be on the treadmill for an hour. Then meetings come, I sit down, eat my fruit. We watch film, and maybe I got tired. Coach Flip [quarterback coach John DeFilippo] pulled me aside and said, 'What are you doing for night life?' I said, 'Coach, I'm just chilling.' He said, 'I need to get you checked out.' I did the sleep test, and they said I had apnea."

Russell reveals that during his time in Oakland, 11 family members or friends died, including his uncle Ray Ray Russell: image

"I went through so much no one knew about. Go to a funeral on Saturday, fly into the game on Sunday. Then I hear, 'He doesn't lead by example.' Really?"

On the lack of support from his coaches and teammates:

"Things weren't going right, and it felt like sometimes everything fell back on me. I take some responsibility, but I was one guy... I may have missed a throw, but I didn't give up 42 points, I didn't miss a block."

On coach Tom Cable:

"All of a sudden, he flipped the script. I stuck my neck out for him. Didn't complain when he benched me as the starter. Didn't complain when he called the same plays five damn times. Didn't badmouth him to other coaches... Then I hear he says I was the worst thing ever happened to the Raiders, if it weren't for him we'd be in the playoffs?... It just got where the game wasn't fun for me."

On his ccharity efforts -- Russell has given back so much to his hometown that he is often referred to as, 'Santa Claus.':


If I do go broke," says Russell who is unmarried and has no children," it's going to be from providing for my neighborhood and my family."

On why haven't his charitable donations been publicized:


"My business is my business. That's how I prefer it. I gotta look up to God. I don't gotta look out to no damn news cameras!"

In summation:


"I'll keep moving, man. But what if I don't make it back to the NFL? I'll be O.K. Being a competitor, I feel like I have unfinished business. Like 'It can't end like this'"

Read more: JaMarcus Russell speaks -- Is he misunderstood?
Tune to SportsNet Central at 6, 10:30 and midnight on Comcast SportsNet Bay Area for more on this story

For the complete article, check out the upcoming issue of Sports Illustrated.
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99 comments for "JaMarcus Russell Speaks With Sports Illustrated; Is He Misunderstood?"

 6 years ago '10        #2
SmoothTay 23 heat pts23
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misunderstood but paid
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On a serious just because of the title alone I expect the GOAT smiley to continue in everyone's post and reign supreme I think nuts if its true that 11 friends/family died in a matter of 3 years. Couldn't even imagine what that's like to have to go through something like that.

I always supported the kid even though he came wit a ton of baggage, mostly Louis Vuitton prolly but I still rocked the Russell avy till we cut him on here.

Just wanted him to succeed so bad.

He SEEMS like his head may jus be in the right place now.

Hope he comes back and lands with some team......always have wanted him to.


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 6 years ago '04        #7
refuze 285 heat pts285
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My n*gga Jamarcus trying to save face



Get paid while not trying
 6 years ago '08        #8
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Good read...will def check out the interview in si
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Disrespectful posters in this thread.


Without a in a Jamarcus thread renders your post invalid.







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These words arent making any sense ... All I see him say is
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Jamarcus would've had a better chance of succeeding with the Patriots and Bill Belichek



Too bad he got stuck in a sh*thole like Oakland
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Providing for his hood on some American Gangster/Godfather sh*t
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Never heard it from his point of view so it was a nice read. And he does make some good points. You can't blame him for missed blocks & letting the score get to 42 points.

With all that said

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russell will come to miami. just stock the fridge and that man'd be there like lightning


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 VerbalAssassin said:
Disrespectful posters in this thread.


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On the lack of support from his coaches and teammates:

"Things weren't going right, and it felt like sometimes everything fell back on me. I take some responsibility, but I was one guy... I may have missed a throw, but I didn't give up 42 points, I didn't miss a block."
reminded me of this


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Misunderstood but eating lobsters and caviar for dinner every night


Or Golden Corral


One or the other



Still paid



 6 years ago '07        #20
theFREAK 3682 heat pts3682 OP
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They should do an E60 on Russell if they haven't already
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