We have a Jamarcus Russell sighting! Not on a football field, but in a Sports Illustrated interview. I have an app on my smart phone named the Bleacher Report and it updates daily with news on whatever team you choose to follow. It has an excerpt from the interview with Russell on it. If you don't know about this app, you might want to check it out. Its updated very often and finds stories from all over. Steve Corkran also wrote an article with excerpts from the interview in it if you want a taste before the release of the Sports Illustrated issue.
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One thing that was talked about that I didn't know was that he had 11 people close to him die in his term with the Raiders. I had no idea about that and it is sad. He talks about going to a funeral on Saturday and then go to a game on Sunday. That's hard for anybody to do. His time was a disaster with us for many reasons, but that is a tough one.
In the interview it also talks about how he is so charitable that people where he lives refer to him as Santa Claus. Its nice to know that he is giving back to his community and not just wasting his money like he did his talent.
There are of course moments of his old selfish self too. He is still defecting blame for the teams losses. One of the quotes that really pissed me off he said:
"I may have missed a throw, but I wasn't the one giving up 42 points, I wasn't the one missing blocks."
You were the one throwing the ball to the other team or fumbling the damn ball away! Might have missed a throw? It would be more accurate to say might have completed a throw because that happened less than missing it did! Jamarcus was suppose to be the leader of that team and to this day he puts the blame on other people. That is laughable. He might not have been the only thing wrong with those teams but he sure as hell was the worst part of them! Still sidestepping the responsibility is not going to impress any perspective employers out there. That includes non football related professions too.
All said and done I did get a slightly new perspective of Jamarcus. Of course it does nothing to change the fact that he was abysmal for the Raiders and is the biggest bust of all time. However it does make me think he is less selfish than I thought he was. Still selfish, but less than I thought before reading those excerpts. I have more respect for the person, but I will never respect the player. Take the responsibility of the losses that happened because of you and I'd respect you a whole lot more though. You might not have been the only person doing bad, but you did absolutely nothing to raise the morale of the players you were suppose to be leading.