JaMarcus Russell: A Career Retrospective (In Pictures)

Three years ago, JaMarcus Russell was the No. 1 overall pick. Today, jobless, he is considered one of the biggest busts in NFL history.
But JaMarcus Russell is more than that. He is also a big, fat punchline. So let's take look back at this three-year NFL career. In pictures.

Russell's weight caused him problems from the very beginning. He often spotted nacho vendors in the crowd during a game and pleasured himself at the sight.

Russell did not surround himself with the right people. Here is with rapper Fat Joe. Or maybe that's Akili Smith, which would be far worse.

The Raiders tried to find a mentor for Russell. But he had a very combative relationship with veteran quarterback Jeff Garcia. Russell asked Garcia if it was true what Terrell Owens said — that "if it walks like a duck, and talks like a duck, it must be a duck." And, if Garcia was indeed a duck, if he could deep-fry him in peanut oil.

Yet despite his struggles, Russell often showed his athletic potential. Here is after being crowned undisputed heavyweight competitive eating champion of the world.

And there were games when Russell threw the ball well. But his girth and laziness meant he had to be driven down the field on a cart, which often hurt the momentum of Oakland's offense.

Most believe Russell's career hit rock bottom when he was arrested for impersonating Bill Cosby in an attempt to break into a pudding pop factory.

During the 2009 season, with the writing on the wall, Russell actually began taking turnover requests from opposing defensive players.

While Russell made $36 million during his career and is owed another $3 million, it is expected he will be broke soon and have to take a job as a baggage handler at Oakland International Airport.


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