Extreme makeover

Turning JaMarcus Russell into a successful QB will difficult, but it can be done

Updated: September 9, 2010, 9:28 AM ET
By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN The Magazine
JaMarcus RussellKyle Terada/US PresswireJaMarcus Russell has a long road to become a quality quarterback.

The Oakland Raiders gave up on JaMarcus Russell, the No. 1 draft pick they awarded with almost $30 million guaranteed in 2007, but the 25-year-old signal-caller isn't beyond repair. Sure, his on-field inconsistency, a seemingly indifferent attitude and an arrest and subsequent charge for possession of a controlled substance make him look like damaged goods. But by sticking to our simple five-step plan, Russell could become a shiny new signal-caller.

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Jeffri Chadiha, formerly of Sports Illustrated, is a senior writer for Chadiha first attended Wyoming on a full football scholarship before injuries led him to transfer to Michigan after two years. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication from Michigan in 1993 before pursuing a career in journalism. Chadiha is also a frequent contributor to ESPN TV.