Why register with the Steelers Fever Forums?
 • Intelligent and friendly discussions.
 • It's free and it's quick. Always.
 • Enter events in the forums calendar.
 • Very user friendly software.
 • Exclusive contests and giveaways.

 Donate to Steelers Fever, Click here
 Our 2014 Goal: $450.00 - To Date: $450.00 (100.00%)
 Home | Forums | Editorials | Shop | Tickets | Downloads | Contact Pittsburgh Steelers Forum Feed Not Just Fans. Hardcore Fans.

Go Back   Steelers Fever Forums > Steelers Football > Pittsburgh Steelers


Steelers Fever Fan Shop

Doc's Sports Get FREE NFL Picks and College Football picks as well as Football Lines like live NFL Lines and updated NFL Power Rankings all at Doc's Sports Service.

Steelers Fever Presents...

Steelers Panthers

GAMEDAY
Sunday, September 21, 8:30 PM
NBC
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools
Old 04-16-2009, 02:47 PM   #1
Bigsteve332310
Draft Prospect
 
Bigsteve332310's Avatar
 

Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 86
Member Number: 2248
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Steelers release Gary Russell

http://post-gazette.com/pg/09106/963361-66.stm

Quote:
Gary Russell, who scored the first touchdown in Super Bowl XLIII, was released by the Steelers today.

Russell made the Steelers as an undrafted rookie in 2007 and became their short-yardage running back midway through the 2008 season. He rushed for 77 yards on 28 carries last season and scored three touchdowns.

His most important score, though, came in the second quarter of the Super Bowl when he ran one yard for a touchdown to give the Steelers a 10-0 lead. He previously lost four yards when he was tackled in the backfield on a first down at Arizona's one on the first series of the game.

Those were Russell's only two carries of the Super Bowl. He also scored a touchdown from one yards in the fourth quarter of the Steelers' 35-24 playoff victory against San Diego.

The Steelers gave no reason for his release.

The team also officially announced the signing of backup quarterback Charlie Batch to a one-year contract. He will receive a $745,000 salary and a signing bonus of $50,000.
Bigsteve332310 is offline  
Old 04-16-2009, 02:49 PM   #2
Preacher
Living Legend
 

Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 3,890
Member Number: 16327
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default Re: Steelers release Gary Russell

Not a big surprise. With Willie, Mendy, MeMo, and the kid from BC, well, it was quite crowded.
Preacher is offline  
Old 04-16-2009, 02:57 PM   #3
lilyoder6
locked behind Xanax bars
 
lilyoder6's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Playin' touch football, on marijuana street
Posts: 6,388
Gender: Male
Member Number: 2568
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Steelers release Gary Russell

Quote:
Originally Posted by Preacher View Post
Not a big surprise. With Willie, Mendy, MeMo, and the kid from BC, well, it was quite crowded.
but still doesn't make sense to do it now...

y not wait til camp and use him as a camp body
__________________

Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy ~ Ben Franklin
Freedom: some use it, Everyone enjoys it, A few defend it.
lilyoder6 is offline  
Old 04-16-2009, 03:19 PM   #4
Preacher
Living Legend
 

Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 3,890
Member Number: 16327
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default Re: Steelers release Gary Russell

Quote:
Originally Posted by lilyoder6 View Post
but still doesn't make sense to do it now...

y not wait til camp and use him as a camp body

There are a couple of different scenarios that make a lot of sense.

1. Roster Bonus.
2. Problems in the offseason camp. Came in to heavy, too lazy, attitude, etc.
Preacher is offline  
Old 04-16-2009, 03:34 PM   #5
Fire Haley
Banned
 

Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 10,359
Member Number: 763
Thanks: 53
Thanked 1,098 Times in 768 Posts
Default Re: Steelers release Gary Russell

This can only mean we re-sign Fast Willie to a 5 year deal.
Fire Haley is offline  
Old 04-16-2009, 04:43 PM   #6
ShutDown24
Team President
 
ShutDown24's Avatar
 

Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 2,125
Gender: Male
Member Number: 3997
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Steelers release Gary Russell

Quote:
Originally Posted by Killer View Post
This can only mean we re-sign Fast Willie to a 5 year deal.
Haha I don't think so.

Runningbacks are heavily available right now, hopefully Russell finds a nice home as he was a solid player.
__________________
ShutDown24 is offline  
Old 04-16-2009, 04:58 PM   #7
Preacher
Living Legend
 

Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 3,890
Member Number: 16327
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default Re: Steelers release Gary Russell

I am not sure I would put the label "solid" on him.

He was able to step up and help in a few situations. But I would NOT want to rely on him for a season.
Preacher is offline  
Closed Thread

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:33 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Shoutbox provided by vBShout v6.2.1 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.0.8 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.
Navbar with Avatar by Motorradforum
no new posts