Life is bigger than football. A lot bigger. The burden of being a franchise quarterback is one that collapsed the hopes and dreams of many players. The burden of being a son, or nephew, has broken down many men. The weight of both took down JaMarcus Russell. The one-time savior of the Oakland Raiders and the first pick in the 2007 NFL Draft floundered for three painful seasons, but nobody knew why he was struggling. They didn’t know because Russell didn’t tell them. For the first time, JaMarcus Russell speaks about his life as an Oakland Raider and his life away from football. Tom Rinaldi tells us about the awakening of JaMarcus Russell and his second chance to come back and play in the NFL.
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Produced by Kory Kozak
Filmed and Edited by Evolve Studio
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