Jeff Garcia’s Main Purpose: Tutor JaMarcus Russell


Published: April 7, 2009

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... Garcia signed a one-year contract with the team. 

While Raiders executive John Herrera stated, "We're not going to say anything about a role", it is clear what Garcia's "role" will be: To mold and tutor JaMarcus Russell. 

For those familiar with Garcia's career, it may come as a surprise he has accepted a role as a backup/tutor to the Raiders' quarterback-of-the-future.  The 10-year veteran forced his way into the league by his exemplary work ethic and unwavering self-confidence.  

Garcia also developed a sizable chip on his shoulder. He was forced to play in the Canadian Football League after completing a stellar college career at San Jose State. 

He only received his NFL shot when his father impressed the late Bill Walsh with game tape of his son’s play in Canada and college.  Walsh recommended him to the 49ers and then-coach Steve Mariucci. 


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