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Former Raiders DT Russell killed in car crash
LOS ANGELES - Former NFL defensive tackle Darrell Russell and an unidentified person - reportedly another ex-NFL player - were killed Thursday after their speeding car crashed Thursday morning. Russell was 29.
The accident occurred on southbound La Cienega Boulevard just after 6 a.m. local time. A passenger in the car, Russell was was pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
The driver of the Pontiac Grand Prix, who was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at UCLA Medical Center, reportedly hit a curb, ran over a fire hydrant and knocked over several news racks before striking a bus, which was out of service with its flashers on.
Russell, the second overall pick in the 1997 draft by the Oakland Raiders, was a Pro Bowl selection in 1998-99. After spending 2001 with the Raiders, Russell did not play in 2002 and ended his career the following season as a member of the Washington Redskins.
Re: Former Raiders DT Russell killed in car crash
Wow, you just never know. Drafted 2nd overall in 1997...on top of the world, retires somewhat early, then this at the age of 29. What a shame."...and a great new warrior emerged from the many, to carry the torch, and his name was Rammin' Jackson...and a new era had begun! Bring on the battles to come, he screamed!"