Jamarcus Russell: A Matter of Inspiration?

Shawn DieboldContributor IMarch 25, 2010

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 13: JaMarcus Russell #2 of the Oakland Raiders walks off the field after calling a time out during their game against the Washington Redskins at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 13, 2009 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Tell me my fellow Raiders, what you see in this image. Whether it be an athlete merely walking off the field, or the emotions of an embattled being. Let me tell you what I see in this image. I tend to use images as a way to understand people, and sometimes it just isn't possible. Although I may not know what Jamarcus Russell is thinking or feeling in this image I might have an idea.

What I tend to see in images of Jamarcus these days are unhappy looks of grief and lack of success. The feeling of "no matter what I do, it won't work." This particular picture was one of when the Raiders where playing the Redskins this past season and Jamarcus was put in the game, he was not successful going 10-16 with 74 yards and an INT.

Now when I said earlier "no matter what I do, it won't work", it was something I would expect Jamarcus to be mumbling off the field.

Being an athlete myself say that alot, when I practice so hard to succeed and it just doesn't seem to materialize with success. Now hold on, I know what you're thinking, most of you are saying right about now that Jamarcus doesn't work hard.

I agree Jamarcus did not put in the work necessary to lead our team, while Bruce Gradkowski and Charlie Frye were making the right decisions to be prepared. Thus handing them the reins.

I play basketball and I work on my game as much as I can. Whether it be shooting, dribbling, defense or just about everything you need to work on to play basketball. But there  have been times when I have lost sight of that and it has ultimately ruined my chances of producing something great.

I have experienced some tough things in my early life, as does everybody. I am blessed to be writing this article at all. When something terrible happened I couldn't pick up a basketball, the pain was unbearable and I felt nothing would feel the same anymore.

Now the way I see this tying into Jamarcus's predicament is that many people close to Jamarcus have said that he has gone through alot this past year, and that many believe that this has hurt him an his strive to succeed.

I believe them, now i'm still in high school and I may not know what real grief is but for anybody that has gone through a terrible divorce or losing a family member that is real grief.

For an athlete how do we not only improve our game and ourselves? I believe the key to anything including sports is inspiration. Now alot of Raiders care about Jamarcus and many despise him. I think that everyone should try to put ourselves in his shoes.

I don't think it would be easy to be the face of a franchise one as illustrious as the Raiders and at the same time having your mind be wrapped around your personal life and having that much on your shoulders.

What I think we can do as Raider fans is to just support our team and our team's quarterback, provide him with the inspiration he needs. That is the best we can do for him and our team for if he feels good so will the team. 

Until next season Raider Nation...One Love