Friday, December 16, 2005


Russell's life has come to a tragic end in a fatal car crash on Thursday morning in Los Angeles. He was a two-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman for the Oakland Raiders. Born in Pensacola, Florida, was taken second overall in the 1997 NFL draft by the Raiders, he went on to have 28.5 career sacks. He was a passenger in a car that collided with a bus and struck several objects before coming to a halt. He made the Pro Bowl in 1998 and 1999, and also spent time with the Redskins and Buccaneers.

Some of the moments in his life in a flashback are:

- A standout at the University of Southern California.

- Rusticated for four games in 2001 for failing to obey the NFL's drug policy. Shortly after that, he tested positive for another banned substance and was again suspended for one year that later was made indefinite by the league.

- In 2002 he was convicted of videotaping the rape by two friends of a woman who had been drugged with GHB, but prosecutors dropped the charges later.

- His positive drug test in 2004 was his seventh infraction of the league's policy.

- In 83 NFL games, Russell had 229 tackles, 28.5 sacks, six forced fumbles and one interception.

- the car in which he was traveling and was destined to meet his doom was driven by his USC teammate Michael Bastianelli.


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