25. JaMarcus Russell
When you’re desperate enough to write to every NFL team and tell them that you’ll pay for free, then you know things are bad. But it should never have got to this stage for Russell, who signed a massive contract when he entered the NFL. The former Oakland Raiders star embraced the lavish lifestyle that came with his $61 million deal and effectively stopped trying. Finally, the Raiders released him because he was overweight and unmotivated.
Furthermore, he also had issues with codeine that didn’t help his situation. The LSU product made himself extremely unappealing in the eyes of NFL scouts. With no income and a massive mansion to pay for, Russell quickly started to struggle. In the end, he was one of the biggest draft busts in NFL history and lost everything. It was extremely disappointing from a man with a huge level of talent.