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WOW....sad news. My thoughts are with the family.

Just last night on Sportstalk 980 his name came up....they were trying to figure out if Daryl Gardner had his monster year here under Spurrier or Schottenheimer and a caller called in and referenced Spurrier's comment "it's not like he was in jail" .......Czaban and Pollin let him know that Spurrier uttered those words about Darrell Russell, not Daryl Gardner.

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Los Angeles TV stations are reporting that former NFL defensive lineman Darrell Russell was killed in a car accident Thursday.

NBC4 and CBS2 are reporting two people were killed in a vehicle that crashed into a parked bus in the South Robertson area of the city and that a Los Angeles police detective identified one of the victims as Russell.

The driver, taken to UCLA Medical Center in full cardiac arrest, was pronounced dead shortly after arrival, but has not yet been identified. Russell, the passenger, was pronounced dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, according to CBS2.

The car left a roughly 50-yard path of destruction before it smashed into the bus.

The Pontiac Grand Prix apparently hit a curb, then ran over the hydrant and knocked over several news racks before striking Metro Rapid bus, which was out of service with its flashers on.

The vehicle was moving "at a high rate of speed," but investigators have found no evidence of racing, despite earlier reports from an MTA spokesman, according to police spokesman Kevin Maiberger.

Russell was the second overall player selected by the Raiders in the 1997 NFL draft. He played in Oakland from 1997-2002 before moving on to the Washington Redskins and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who released him in July 2004 before he ever played a game with them.

Russell played with the Redskins in 2003 after he was reinstated by the NFL following a 1 1/2-year suspension for a second violation of the league's substance abuse policy.

The 6-foot-5, 325-pound tackle had 28 1/2 sacks in five seasons with the Raiders and was selected to play in the Pro Bowl in 1998 and 1999. He failed a drug test and sat out the first four games of the 2001 season, then was suspended by the NFL for a second violation of the league's substance abuse policy.

Russell's suspension was extended by three months because commissioner Paul Tagliabue wasn't satisfied with his off-field behavior during that period. In 2002, Russell was charged as an accomplice in a sexual assault case against two friends, but prosecutors dropped the charges.

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