Oakland Raiders

Oakland Raiders: If JaMarcus Russell Hit Rock Bottom, He, Too, Can Move Up

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 03:  JaMarcus Russell #2 of the Oakland Raiders walks off the field 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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Honor Warren Wells TheTorchSenior Writer IIMarch 24, 2011

Recently, a couple of young Oakland Raiders showed signs of trouble in their lives. Do you wonder if these guys have older, wiser men in their social circle who could share wisdom with them? Or, is it that when young men are strong, rich, and gifted, they refuse to listen to wise counsel.

It seems that too many NFL players are experiencing legal problems. Would a stronger support system help this generation of NFL players avoid pitfalls and temptations?

After seeing the article reporting that Tony Dungy accompanied Michael Vick to a prison so that they could talk to the men in prison, I was impressed.

I thought about the fact that more men like Tony Dungy should take time to flank and attempt to be available to some of the young NFL players. If so, then perhaps fewer players would yield to the many temptations in the lifestyle of the young, rich and famous athletic stars.

In this country, rehabilitation is an option. Is it possible that more emphasis should be placed on preventative measures for “life” coaching of these young, instant millionaires? Even if there are more people like Tony Dungy, would more young men listen before they make decisions that cause them to hit rock bottom?

Some believe that certain lifestyles are only changed after a man or woman hits “rock bottom” and truly gets  “sick and tired” of being “sick and tired."

What do you think?

Some of us hope that folks like Rolando McClain and even Mario Henderson would be disciplined enough to avoid further controversy in their lives or careers.

Furthermore, even JaMarcus Russell can have a transformative experience and rise up again since he is still a young man.

One thing is certain: a mentor might be able to help Russell, Henderson, McClain and others. So far, it seems Vick has undergone a transformation. Let's hope he and others stay the course.

A strong person with strong counsel might be able to forewarn the young talented Oakland Raiders about the good, bad and ugly of their professional football experiences. Then, and only then, might the Oakland Raiders optimize and move toward a more powerful experience in 2011.

Here’s hoping no more articles cite young Oakland Raiders in bad circumstances so that 2011 can be a better year.

Furthermore, it is not unreasonable to expect a transformative experience in the life and career of people like JaMarcus Russell or others. After all, a man can change if he re-defines his value system and re-positions himself in society.

Yes, the lockout might be causing a little uneasiness, but on a personal level, if bad choices are being made during the offseason, the players with so much potential will “lock themselves out” of a bright future and the hope of experiencing a playoff or Super Bowl in the future.

Think about it!

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