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|Born:||November 17, 1969|
Long Beach, California
|High school:||Long Beach Polytechnic|
(Long Beach, California)
|NFL Draft:||1991 / Round: 1 / Pick: 14|
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|Player stats at NFL.com|
Leonard James Russell (born November 17, 1969) is a former professional American football player who was selected by the New England Patriots in the 1st round (14th overall) of the 1991 NFL Draft. A 6'2", 235-lb. running back from Arizona State University, Russell played in 6 NFL seasons from 1991 to 1996 for the Patriots, the Denver Broncos, the St. Louis Rams, and the San Diego Chargers.
In 1991, Russell was selected as the AP Offensive Rookie of the Year after rushing for 959 yards and 4 touchdowns for the Patriots.
In 1993, Bill Parcells Bill Parcells took over as head coach, bringing a strong focus on running the football. Russell rushed for 1,088 yards and 7 TDs.
Before the start of the 1994 season, following his best year with New England, he was released after the Patriots traded for Marion Butts, the leading rusher from the Chargers.
Thought not always utilized heavily in the passing game, Russell was an effective receiver for a power running back, catching 71.2% of targets during his career.
Leonard is currently the Resident Manager of the Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center in Perris, CA.
Former Indianapolis Colts defensive back Chuckie Miller is his cousin.