Testimonial highlights from Celebration of Life tribute to Jeff Russell #12. Thank you for the impact you've had in all our lives. Romans 8:18: "I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us." gofundme.com/42rb7k
Via the Santa Cruz Sentinel: "Jeffrey Joseph Russell. Resident of New Orleans. He lived and laughed and loved and left. And the world will never be the same." James Joyce. Jeffrey Joseph Russell was born Dec. 31, 1971 and died all too soon on Aug. 18, 2013. He grew up in Stockton graduating from Lincoln High School and the University of Pacific. He earned a masters degree in sports administration and his teaching credential. Professionally, Jeff played football for Amsterdam Admirals of NFL Europe, Los Angeles Extreme of XFL, and the Nashville Kats, Memphis Pharoahs, San Jose Saber Cats and New York City Hawks of the AFL. He also coached for the AFL's Detroit Fury and New Orleans VooDoo and was coach and general manager of the Utah Blaze. In sporting vernacular, no one is more valuable than the player labeled "clutch." The clutch player wants the ball with the game on the line. The clutch player relishes those moments, lives for the opportunities to come through or fall flat in front of hopeful teammates and breathless fans. The clutch player comes through more times than not, but handles success or defeat with equal humility and grace. The stories about Jeff are so clear and vivid in the hearts and minds of those who knew him. Word of his prowess, on and off the field, was the subject of lore. Jeff wasn't the biggest, strongest, or fastest, but he was the toughest. There was only one Jeff Russell and he was clutch. With great love, Jeff is survived by his wife Jena and 15 month old son Stryker, his parents Bill and Sandy Russell, and sister Gina Libby. - See more at: legacy.com/obituaries/santacruzsentinel/obituary.aspx?pid=166700798#fbLoggedOut"