Gary Russell
No. 22, 33
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1986-09-08) September 8, 1986 (age 37)
Columbus, Ohio, U.S.
Height:5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight:205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Walnut Ridge (Columbus, Ohio)
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:98
Rushing average:2.6
Rushing touchdowns:3
Receiving yards:94
Receiving touchdowns:0
Player stats at

Gary Russell (born September 8, 1986) 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.

Early years

Russell attended Walnut Ridge High School in Columbus, Ohio.

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date
Gary Russell
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:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247SportsN/A
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: -- (RB)   Rivals: -- (RB), -- (OH)
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


  • "Minnesota Football Commitment List (24)". Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  • "Minnesota College Football Recruiting Commits". Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  • " Team Recruiting Rankings". Retrieved September 26, 2012.
  • "2004 Team Ranking". Retrieved September 26, 2012.

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 touchdown on the way to his first and only 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 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.