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The sports world hasn’t heard much from former Oakland Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell following his departure from the NFL, but he is still trying to make a comeback. One of the team’s he’s looking to join is the Dallas Cowboys.
Jerry Jones is that one owner in the league that will sign anybody, regardless of their past or current issues, as long as they can win him some games.
Russell was the 1st overall pick in 2007 and was out of the league by 2009, but he is trying to get his foot back in the door by writing Jerry Jones a letter begging the Cowboys owner to take a chance on him.
“I am writing this letter to reach out to the Cowboys organization and to express my desire and interest to become a part of your family. Let me begin by saying that if you are reading this letter, I am greatly appreciative of you taking time from your busy schedule to do so. Let me also say that I don’t write this letter with any preconceived notions of a huge salary or unseating your current starting quarterback. I am willing to work my way in and up. I am willing to lead the scout team for free for one year just to get experience in your system. I want to learn the playbook, sit under the proper tutelage and learn from your coaching staff. After that time, if you see fit to allow me to stay with the Cowboys organization, I would be eternally grateful.
“As a former NFL player, I understand the daily grind that football operations can be,” Russell wrote. “I am prepared to be physically examined and to have my football IQ evaluated. I would sincerely like an opportunity to come to Dallas and meet with you and the coaching staff. I know that my name does not carry much weight in the NFL right now but I am more than the image that others have bestowed on me. I’ve been labeled as a bust, I have been labeled as lazy and I have been the target of many insults by the media. The blame for any negative press that I’ve received rests squarely on my shoulders.”
JaMarcus also wrote letters to various teams last year as well, hoping to be invited to a camp. Nobody responded back to him.