In a press conference Wednesday afternoon, Russell, with his family present, announced he will leave LSU and enter the NFL Draft.
"First I want to thank coach Miles, coach Saban and coach Fisher and everyone at LSU for letting me be here and represent this state and this school," the 6-6, 260-pound Russell said. "I want to let everyone know here today that I will be entering the 2007 NFL Draft."
Russell's family sat just feet away from Russell during his announcement. His mother, Zina Russell-Anderson, sat quietly with tears in her eyes.
"I am so thankful for this day. I have run out of words to say because I am just so overwhelmed."
Russell leaves LSU having completed 493 of 797 passes for 6,625 yards. he started 29 of the 32 games in which he played at LSU and threw 52 touchdowns offset by 21 interceptions.
Russell outdueled Notre Dame's Brady Quinn in LSU's 41-14 win over the Irish in the Sugar Bowl. Some people think Russell could be the first pick taken in the May's NFL Draft. When asked about his posibilities and does he have a preference where he wants to end up, Russell smiled.
"I'll go to whoever picks me and whoever gives me the most money," Russell said. "In a couple of months, my mom is going to get to quit her job for good."
In other news, coach Les Miles was asked about the status of freshman quarterback Ryan perrilloux. News outlets are reporting Perrilloux is in the center of a federal investigation, although his lawyer denies it. Miles said he has no information or "previous knowledge" about the situation.
Stay tuned for more information on Perrilloux.
Russell headed for the NFL
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