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JaMarcus Russell wants another chance, would play for free

Kirby Lee, USA TODAY Sports

Infamous 2007 No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell told Sports Illustrated he would play for free if a team gives him a shot.

Despite being out of football since 2009, Russell said he would play scout team or even be the water boy. Russell also shared a letter that he sent to NFL teams.

The letter said Russell’s negative press rested on his shoulders. In his letter, Russell said the tribulations humbled him and made him a better man. Further, the letter asked teams for an opportunity to redeem himself.

Russell attempted a comeback in 2013. He lost fifty pounds and videos surfaced showing his arm strength and conditioning.

The Chicago Bears were the only team to give him a workout, but they did not sign him. No other team showed interest or invited him to training camp.

Russell last played for the Oakland Raiders in 2009. The LSU product completed only 52 percent of his 680 career passes. Through 31 games, he registered 18 touchdowns with 21 interceptions and 22 fumbles.

 

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