Today’s Bleacher Report piece is about JaMarcus Russell. You remember him? First overall draft pick, he of the strong arm and shaky work ethic?
He’s mounting a come back and while he might not get another gig in the NFL, the effort itself makes it a success, considering where he started from.
As always, here’s an excerpt, and you can read the whole thing over at Bleacher Report.
Everyone fails at some point. But the successful people pick themselves back up, dust off and get back to work. It’s not easy, and evidence indicates that if you’re a rich millionaire you could be convinced to just hang out and count your money instead.
JaMarcus Russell is trying to get back up off the ground and give football another shot. The fact that he’s making the effort itself makes this a success in many ways. That he’s had one tryout with the Chicago Bears with a second one potentially on the horizon with the Baltimore Ravens according to ESPN makes it even more so.
Many first-round busts have walked away from football and not looked back. Sometimes the NFL was equally interested in walking away from that player (goodbye, Ryan Leaf), but often the player in question took their enormous paycheck and headed home.
Russell isn’t doing that, or at least he isn’t anymore.
Again, thanks for reading along.