American Football Database
Gary Russell
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-09-08) September 8, 1986 (age 35)
Place of birth: Columbus, Ohio
Height: 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Weight: 215 lb (98 kg)
Career information
College: Minnesota
Undrafted in 2007
Debuted in 2007 for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Career history
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status: Unrestricted Free Agent
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2008
Rushing yards     98
Rushing average     2.8
Rushing TDs     3
Stats at

Gary Russell (born September 8, 1986 in Columbus, Ohio) is an American football running back who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent in 2007. He played college football at Minnesota.

Russell has also been a member of the Cincinnati Bengals.

Early years

Russell attended Walnut Ridge High School in Columbus, Ohio.

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Gary Russell
Columbus, Ohio Walnut Ridge High School 4.45 Dec 22,
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: -- (RB)   Rivals: -- (RB), -- (OH)
Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

College career

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.

Professional career

Pittsburgh Steelers

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 TD on the way to his first Super Bowl Ring.

He was released by the Steelers on April 16, 2009.

Cincinnati Bengals

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.

Oakland Raiders

Russell was signed by the Oakland Raiders on May 8, 2009.

Marion Blue Racers

In September of 2012, Russell signed with the Marion Blue Racers of the Continental Indoor Football League for the 2013 season.[1]


  1. "Super Bowl Champion Gary Russell Signs with Marion". OurSports Central. September 20, 2012. Retrieved September 21, 2012.

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