JaMarcus Russell does not want to be remembered as an NFL bust.
The former top pick overall by the Oakland Raiders is determined to make sure that doesn't happen. With former NFL receiver Michael Clayton as his mentor and a team of big-name tutors, Russell is attempting to mount a comeback after three seasons out of the league.
"People don’t know the real you but I want people to know the real me and see what I can do," Russell told Yahoo! Sports. "People are always saying that I’m a bust. I want show them I’m not. I’m committed to this now.”
At 6-foot-6, 265-pounds when he was drafted out of Louisiana State in 2007, Russell was considered the quarterback of the future for the Raiders. But his work ethic often was questioned as he compiled a 7-18 record, with 18 touchdowns and 23 passes intercepted, as the team's starter.