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Aug 21 2014, 8:28pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Sports News

JaMarcus Russell Does Dish Network Commercial
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Former NFL first overall pick JaMarcus Russell did a commercial for Dish Network along with Matt Leinart, Brian Bosworth and Heath Shuler which was released on Aug. 19.

Former NFL first overall pick JaMarcus Russell did a commercial for Dish Network along with Matt Leinart, Brian Bosworth and Heath Shuler which was released on Aug. 19. 

The commercial promotes Dish Network's multi-sports pack and has a backyard setting, per Yahoo Sports' Nick Bromberg:

"The second commercial featuring former Oklahoma (Sooners) LB Brian Bosworth, former USC (Trojans) QB Matt Leinart and former Tennessee (Volunteers) QB Heath Shuler is out and they're joined by former LSU (Tigers) QB JaMarcus Russell.

"Russell joins the trio grilling in a backyard in the new Dish Network spot. The first commercial was set in a diner.

"Russell was the highest drafted of the four players. He went No. 1 overall in the 2007 NFL draft to the Oakland Raiders after his LSU Tigers went 11-2 and demolished (the) Notre Dame (Fighting Irish) in the 2007 Sugar Bowl. However, he only played in three seasons with the Raiders and threw 10 fewer touchdown passes (18) in those three seasons than he did in his final year at LSU (28).

"He slimmed down last summer in an attempt to come back but wasn't signed by an NFL team.

"While Russell's appearance is certainly unexpected, the best part of the commercial may be Leinart looking back fondly on USC while holding a bratwurst and saying 'Glory, back in our hands.'

"No Matt, it's a piece of processed meat." 

Back in May, ESPN's Paul Gutierrez hailed Russell as the "biggest bust in NFL history...so far":

"As such our countdown of the worst Raiders draft picks since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger concludes with, yup, quarterback JaMarcus Russell closing things out at No. 1.

"You were expecting someone else?

"Really, this was as telegraphed as badly as Russell was at taking accountability. Thing is, it's hard to blame the Raiders for picking him in the first place. Russell was the consensus No. 1 pick, the next John Elway, a huge athlete with a cannon for an arm. 

"But it was a bad marriage from the start. Russell held out as a rookie and did not join the team until after the season began, signing a six-year, $68 million contract. He did not play until December and did not start a game until the season finale. 

"In fact, an argument could be made the decision to draft Russell was the wedge between owner Al Davis and rookie coach Lane Kiffin, though those two had many issues. For example, one of Kiffin's plans was to use that No. 1 overall pick on Calvin Johnson, and then come back in the second or third round and draft Stanford (Cardinal) quarterback Trent Edwards. Alas...

"Russell was the unquestioned starter in 2008, even if questions began to grow about his commitment as a franchise quarterback. There would be flashes of his talent but they would fade away as tales of his off-the-field partying ways grew, along with his waistline. 

"By 2009, Russell was benched by Tom Cable in favor of Bruce Gradkowski and, with his personal life in freefall after his uncle died, Russell reportedly weighed 300 pounds following the season. The Raiders, who had acquired Jason Campbell during the 2010 NFL draft, had enough and Davis pulled the cord and cut Russell, who Davis had earlier defended to Kiffin as a 'great player.'

"Two months later, Russell's long-rumored association with 'Purple Drank' was confirmed when he was arrested for possession of a controlled substance -- codeine syrup -- without a valid prescription.

"Russell, who made about $36 million from the Raiders, later told ESPN that he had tested positive for codeine after Oakland drafted him. And after the money seemingly dried up, Russell attempted a comeback with Jeff Garcia serving as his personal coach. But after the Raiders, who wanted more than $9 million back from him, reportedly settled for about $3 million, Russell's 'comeback' ended.

 

"In all, Russell was 7-18 as a starter, completing 52.1 percent of his passes for 4,083 yards with 18 touchdowns and 23 interceptions in 31 games. 

"The biggest bust in Raiders history? Russell is the biggest bust in NFL history...so far." 

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