Football is Not War

Do not cry, mother, for football is not war. We do not carry arms against the less fortunate Or shoot amongst the crowd And the divided sides are not nations But boys that thought playing a game Made them men. Do not cry, mother. Football is not war.   Yelling men, beer overflowing, we enter…

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Gold & Black: Catching up with … Ryan Russell

Tom Dienhart is a writer for the Gold & Black, a multi-platform company talking everything Purdue with a focus on athletics. I had the pleasure of knowing Tom while I was a football player and student at Purdue University. Thus, recently we had an opportunity to catch up and talk about writing, football, my best…

The Fall After The Rise

The mind can be a scary place, and when coupled with the heart, you can experience a rollercoaster of emotions and experiences. Rollercoaster are thrilling, terrifying, exciting, heart wrenching, but ultimately out of our control. The weekend of my book release I was on a rollercoaster. At times I was on top of the world,…

The Tolucan Times

About Tolucan Times "The Tolucan Times/Canyon Crieris published every Wednesday and is an adjudicated newspaper of general circulation by Superior Court of Los Angeles, May 29, 1956. Decree N 94940. It is qualified to accept legal advertising by approval of Los Angeles Superior Court." My Story Published I had the honor of talking with on…

My First Poetry Book

Prison or Passion Prison or Passion is a collection of vulnerable and eloquent poems from R.K. Russell, who has started and played in the NFL since 2015, for the Dallas Cowboys and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With bare honesty, walloping punchlines, and endearing flare, Prison or Passion captures the struggles of being a young boy without a father, and…