JaMarcus Russell Loses 27 Pounds in NFL Comeback Effort

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 3, 2013

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 03:  JaMarcus Russell #2 of the Oakland Raiders in action  against the Baltimore Ravens during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on January 3, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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JaMarcus Russell has a long road back to the NFL, but his recent weight loss is a step in the right direction.

Bleacher Report has chronicled the quarterback's comeback attempt through a series of videos. In the latest installment, Russell and his trainers discuss the fact that he has lost 27 pounds since beginning his training.

Brian Martin, CEO of Test Football, said that the quarterback "came in at around 310 pounds and is now around 280." 

Losing this weight will not only make Russell more mobile on the football field, but it also shows that he is now willing to put the work in to succeed. This dedication is certain to help produce some interest from teams around the league. 

The former No. 1 overall pick with the Oakland Raiders is widely considered one of the biggest draft busts of all time. Russell played only three seasons, accumulating a 7-18 record as a starter and a 65.2 quarterback rating.

His completion percentage of 52.1 percent was among the worst in the league.

Still, he showed plenty of promise in his career at LSU, and the 27-year-old player still has a lot left in the tank.

One of his strength coaches at Test Football, Jeff Hurd, has worked with a number of NFL players over a long career. He stated in the video, "If teams are looking at him today, they would say, 'You know what? We have to take a serious look at this guy.' I'd be surprised if he is not at somebody's camp."

While there is still plenty of work left to do, Russell has shown that he deserves at least a shot.