Twan Russell was a standout football player at St. Thomas Aquinas, University of Miami – and in the National Football League for the Redskins, Falcons and Dolphins.
His role as an assistant coach with his alma mater, St. Thomas Aquinas and with the Miami Dolphins in youth programs is just a small part of what he has done since returning to south Florida.
His work with the Russell Life Skills and Reading Foundation, Inc. is what he has always been about. Motivated by parents who made education a priority, he still preaches getting grades in the classroom – and has proudly passed that on.
Look at the most talented positions in south Florida and you will see athletes who are difference makers.
If you have followed football in this region for any length of time, overwhelmingly defensive backs are produced at a record pace, and that is something that doesn’t seem to be fading any time soon.
No matter what team it is, there are always athletes, who may not get all the publicity at the beginning, but somehow find their way into the spotlight.
When many tell you that no matter where you go – big school or small – powerhouse or just a regular program – if you have talent, you will be found.
Once again, south Florida has become a hotbed for under the radar talent that many analysts and recruiting services have not had the chance to watch and explore.
Go to any school in Miami-Dade or Broward County and you will find football talent that will have you shaking your head in amazement at why they haven’t been heavily recruited.
We have long said that the talent in south Florida is so impressive – at just about every position – some impressive prospects can get lost in the shuffle.
No matter what program you look at here in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties, there are difference makers. Athletes who get the spotlight shining on them – and the media and recruiters seem to follow.