University of Memphis football star and Grenada native J.J. Russell saved his last season as his best as a starting linebacker for the Tigers in 2021. Russell had a total of 123 tackles to lead the Memphis defensive unit. He was also named to American Athletic Conference 1st Team. | Photo Courtesy of Memphis Athletics
After completing his fourth season at the University of Memphis, former Grenada High School standout J.J. Russell had a decision to make. He could finish his career in four years and go on with his life or take advantage of an extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA due to the affect of the COVID-19 virus on collegiate sports.