He had major league talent and a baseball scholarship, but he chose marijuana and alcohol.
He had a girlfriend who was an Auburn University cheerleader and future reality TV star, but he chose cocaine.
He had a supportive family, but he chose methamphetamine.
Growing up in Phenix City, Blake Russell seemed to have everything. But while the Central High School classmates who had voted him “Best Personality” were starting careers and families, he was in a state correctional facility, a seemingly hopeless drug addict and member of a feared prison gang.
Now 30, he’s been out of prison for four months and says he’s chosen Jesus and a life of sobriety.
Some family and friends – those who’ve seen him at his worst – are skeptical. But they’re praying that he’s truly launched a comeback, and that his story will be one of redemption.
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