Former No. 1 overall pick of the Oakland Raiders JaMarcus Russell plans on holding a pro day in hopes of impressing a team who may be interested in his services.
According to Tony Pauline of DraftInsider.net, the quarterback will show his stuff on or around April 10:
JaMarcus Russell/QB holding a pro-day on/around April 10th. Larry Fitzgerald/WR expected to take part as wide out— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) February 22, 2013
Arizona Cardinals star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald will give Russell a hand and do his best to make the LSU product look like a viable option. I guess if there's anyone who can make him look good, it's a Hall of Fame-caliber receiver like Fitzgerald.
Russell hasn't taken a snap in an NFL game since the 2009 season, but in January, he announced that he plans on making a comeback attempt to the NFL after a lackluster first stint in the league (per Kristian Dyer of Yahoo! Sports).
That same report also mentioned that Russell was 308 pounds, which apparently was down from 320 pounds originally.
Here is what Russell's reasons are for his comeback attempt, per Dyer's report:
The last few years, the things going through my life, football is my job and it is how it feeds my family. People would say [that] I didn’t love the game but that pisses me off. People don’t know the real you but I want people to know the real me and see what I can do. People are always saying that I’m a bust. I want show them I’m not. I’m committed to this now.
It's a shame Russell didn't have this apparent zest for the game during his first three years in the league. Russell never surpassed 2,500 yards passing or a 55 percent completion rate in each of his three seasons in the NFL.
If Russell were to return and be even semi-successful, it would be a nice story. Normally, busts such as himself are one and done, but Russell appears to be trying to break the mold.
At this point, nobody is expecting the 27-year-old to do much, let alone be signed by an NFL team. However, the quarterback position is a tough one to fill in this league, and that gives Russell an outside chance of finding a team that will give him a shot.