After a series of bad decisions which led to disappointment for his teams, fans and himself, JaMarcus Russell may be getting a second chance to play in the NFL.
The 1st round pick in the 2007 NFL Draft will practice with the Chicago Bears, which is no small feat after a three-year absence. In a story we posted about JaMarcus Russell telling his story and admitting his mistakes, he said he would make every effort to do what it takes to get back in the league, and he seems to be making good on his promise.
He’s lost over 50 pounds and has been working out with former quarterback Jeff Garcia. While the Baltimore Ravens have not shown any direct interest in Russell, assistant GM Eric DeCosta said he has a good shot at a comeback:
“He’ll get another shot,” DeCosta said. “The guy throws the ball better than most quarterbacks. He played at a high level in college. Guys have had second shots and really benefited. If he works hard and rededicates himself, his future is very bright.”
I agree with DeCosta. No matter where Russell lands, he’ll be a backup, and I think that’s good. When he first came into the league he was young, immature and made some costly decisions. He hit bottom and now he has to work his way back. He seems much more disciplined, focused and ready to give to the game what it deserves. I’m proud of Russell and he should be proud of himself.
Sometimes a setback is a setup for a comeback.
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