Gary Russell (American football)
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|Born:||September 8, 1986|
|Height:||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight:||215 lb (98 kg)|
|High school:||Walnut Ridge (Columbus, Ohio)|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career highlights and awards|
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Gary Russell (born September 8, 1986 in Columbus, Ohio) is a former American football running back. He was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2007. He won Super Bowl XLIII with the Steelers against the Arizona Cardinals, scoring a touchdown in the game. He played college football at Minnesota.
Russell has also been an active roster member of the Oakland Raiders.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||40‡||Commit date|
|Columbus, Ohio||Walnut Ridge High School||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)||195 lb (88 kg)||4.45||Dec 22, 2003|
|Recruiting star ratings: Scout: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A|
|Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: -- (RB) Rivals: -- (RB), -- (OH)|
Russell played college football at Minnesota where in 2005, he went past the 1,000-yard rushing mark for the year totaling 18 rushing touchdowns while splitting carries with Laurence Maroney. Prior to the 2005 season he played sparingly behind Marion Barber III and Maroney.
Russell was acquired by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2007. He saw limited playing time, rushing for only 21 yards on 7 carries, due to playing behind Pro-Bowl running back Willie Parker and Najeh Davenport.
Russell was waived by the Steelers on September 20, 2008 to make room for linebacker Patrick Bailey, who was promoted from the practice squad to active roster. Russell was re-signed to the practice squad on September 23. Russell was promoted to the active roster again after rookie running back Rashard Mendenhall was placed on injured reserve. Gary was the Steelers main kick returner and short yardage back after coming off the practice squad in 2008.
Russell rushed for a one-yard touchdown during the second quarter of Super Bowl XLIII. He finished the game with two attempts for −3 yards and 1 touchdown on the way to his first and only Super Bowl ring.
He was released by the Steelers on April 16, 2009.
Russell was claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Bengals on April 17, 2009. However, he was released by the team just ten days later on April 27.
Russell was signed by the Oakland Raiders on May 8, 2009.
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- "Super Bowl Champion Gary Russell Signs with Marion". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. September 20, 2012. Retrieved September 21, 2012.