JaMarcus Russell 27 pounds weight loss as effort to make an NFL comebackBy Angel Cuala on Apr 4, 2013 in Football, Sports, United States •
JaMarcus Russell reportedly lost 27 pounds in his effort to make a comeback in the National Football League (NFL) since the 2009 season. In March 2010, the former Oakland Raiders quarterback was rumored to have reached to 270 pounds, when he was spotted arriving at mini-camp during the offseason.
JaMarcus Russell, explaining his 27 pounds weight
loss effort, aiming to return to NFL
Image Credit: Bleacher Report video
According to Bleacher Report on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, which chronicled the JaMarcus Russell‘s weight loss journey in a series of videos, Test Football CEO Brian Martin said that the former No. 1 overall pick now “weighs around 280, from 310 pounds” when he started the training back in February.
“Through the first couple weeks I could barely make it through the workout…It was crazy. We go in to do the warm-up and here I am breathing like a fat man. So now I’m breathing pretty good and able to stand up on my own two feet.” Russell said on the fifth and latest video.
Russell, 27, also admitted that he became overweight at 315 pounds, but is now down to 288 pounds, losing more or less 27 pounds. Nevertheless, Russell said he is planning to drop another 20 pounds, to reach his target weight of 270 pounds, which may be achieved within two more months of training.
“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.” Test Football coach Jeff Hurd, one of Russell‘s strength coaches, who is among those who are helping in his struggle to lose weight, said on the video.
And while JaMarcus Russell was the first overall pick of the 2007 NFL Draft, earlier reports dubbed him as one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history. He played only three seasons (2007-2009), finished 7–18 as a starter and a 65.2 quarterback rating. His Raiders‘ pass completion is 52.1%, which was considered as among the worst in the league.
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