Shedding more than 50 pounds to get down to a svelte 265, the 27-year-old Russell deserves kudos for doggedly training and staying motivated.
Selected by the Oakland Raiders out of LSU first overall in the 2007 draft, Russell threw 18 touchdowns, against 23 interceptions, for 4,083 yards over the course of 31 painful games as a professional.
Once wooing scouts with his size and incredible arm strength, Russell is widely considered the biggest bust in league history.
However, with newfound desire and commitment, Russell may manage to earn another opportunity.
Determined to no longer be mentioned alongside Ryan Leaf, the JaMarcus Russell story could actually have a nice ending.by