R.K. Russell has released a collection of vulnerable and eloquent poems entitled “Prison or Passion.”

About 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 the strength that comes from building your own definition of manhood. There is a glimpse into the duality of abandonment and finding one’s self. The book also encompasses grave periods of tribulation: losing his best friend to cancer, cheating, mental health issues, football obstacles, and learning to love one’s self. Prison or Passion also takes time to divulge the story of: falling in love, healing through transparency, and the simple pleasure of waking up next to the one you love. R.K. Russell recaptures the subtle cries of a young boy and the creation into the man that would have protected him, ensuring that his words will become your personal creed—and will call you to protect the young and innocent.

About Ryan Russell 
Ryan Russell is a professional football player in the NFL and a born poet. He began writing around the age of seven when he lost his stepfather in a motorcycle accident and realized just how little his biological father was truly in his life. Ryan’s mother relocated him from Buffalo, New York to Dallas, Texas were Ryan then fell in love with football. The environment in Buffalo was full of abuse and the family friends that were thought to be helping were actually doing the most damage. In Dallas it was safer for Ryan and his mother to only have each other. Though his love for football was well known and well celebrated he kept embracing, improving, and exploring his first love of writing. Ryan graduated from the prestigious Purdue University and was drafted to the Dallas Cowboys. He saw most of his success with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and is excited to apply the same handwork and dedication to his writing as well. 

Ryan’s poetry is a strong collection of memories, emotional trials, and larger than life depictions into the human condition. He hopes to inspire those going through trauma, abuse, abandonment, insecurity, and many afflictions he also struggles with through this poetic adventure. Love and healing are also constant themes that arise, and are portrayed as areas we can always work hard to improve. His most recent trial is losing his best friend and college team mate to cancer September 18,2018. Ryan a substantial amount of his resources from his career to try and save his best friend, but it was time for Joesph Gilliam to be called home.

Ryan hopes to inspire other boys, and young men, to explore and cultivate their creative sides. We are all more than one talent and one dream. We are multifaceted and phenomenal beings with unlimited capabilities. The only way we heal and grow is together. To learn more, visit https://rkrelentless.com/


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