Thursday, October 27, 2011

Jamarcus Russell: Raiders did not support him with off the field struggles

Terry McCormick - National Football Post
In the current issue of Sports Illustrated, former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell said that suffering from sleep apnea was the reason he fell asleep in meetings.
While many might suggest that Russell, the first overall pick in 2007, more likely suffered from playbook apnea, Raiders coach Hue Jackson acknowledged to the Oakland Tribune that Russell had told him of some of the things he was going through.
In the story, Russell alleged that his Raiders teammates and then-head coach Tom Cable did not support him, and on a sadder note, Russell said he had 11 family members and friends who died during his time with Oakland.
Jackson and Russell did not last long together, just a few months as Jackson became offensive coordinator in January 2010 and Russell's three-year run ended in May of that year.
But Jackson did say that Russell was "a good young man," but would not go so far as to say what Russell mentioned as reasons for his failure were why he is no longer with the Raiders.
Of Russell, Jackson said he knew of "some of the things he'd gone through, but that's not the reason he's not here. I think there were several other factors, things that we don't need to get into."

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