JaMarcus Russell schedules first comeback tryout

  • Justin "Arby" Arbogast

For Raiders fans everywhere, the name JaMarcus Russell brings back bad memories. Memories of Al Davis spending the first overall pick on the questionable kid from LSU when there were names such as Calvin Johnson, Adrian Peterson and Patrick Willis available.

Bad, bad memories.

JaMarcus Russell has a tryout scheduled with the Chicago Bears. (Credit: Associated Press)

JaMarcus Russell has a tryout scheduled with the Chicago Bears. (Credit: Associated Press)

That first overall selection turned into one of the worst draft busts in NFL history, throwing for 18 touchdowns and 23 interceptions in two seasons with the club. His career QB rating stopped at 65.2 before the Raiders released him, and he never saw the field again.

Many thought he was finished.

Enter 2013, Russell has turned his life around and dedicated himself to making a comeback to the NFL, working with former players along the way and losing weight as he impresses many in his endeavors to toss the rock in the same league that many scoff at his name.

His hard work and dedication hasn’t landed him with an NFL team, but we’ve learned that he’s already one-upped Tim Tebow in terms of teams bringing him for a look-see.

The Chicago Bears will host Russell on Friday, along with three other QB’s that will work out for the team. It definitely doesn’t guarantee anything as it’s just a tryout, but if the Bears come away impressed they could get the former top overall pick for next to nothing – not to mention their head coach, Marc Trestman, is known as a QB guru, fixing many QB’s in his day on the sidelines.

For now, it’s just a highly-publicized tryout, but it’s good news for Russell to have his name in the news for his hard work thus far.

Me personally, I’m a die-hard Raiders fan, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t pulling for Russell. Yeah, he was a bum in Oakland, but I don’t like to see anyone fail in life, and my hat’s off to him for what he’s attempting to do after all the negativity to his name over the years.

 

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