Former Saints Kicker Russell Erxleben Sentenced To Prison…Again
To be known as one of the biggest draft busts in New Orleans Saints history isn’t an easy thing to do, but Russell Erxleben has managed to do it. He’s also managed to be sentenced to 7 and a half years in federal prison, and it’s not his first time to land in the joint.
While Saints fans will make jokes that his player production in New Orleans should’ve landed him in jail, the fact that New Orleans drafted him 11th overall in the first round of the 1979 NFL draft is the real crime.
Erxleben actually holds the NCAA record for the longest field goal ever made, at 67 yards. Despite being a three-time All-American punter at the University of Texas, Erxleben’s 4 season stint with the Saints was awful.
Erxleben spent 7 years in federal prison from 2000-2007 after pleading guilty to money laundering, mail fraud, and securities fraud, among other things. His scam reportedly robbed various investors of a combined $36 million.
While in prison, and upon his release, Erxleben managed to continue scamming naive investors from 2005-2009 on fraudulent government bonds and works of art, as part of a ponzi scheme. Yesterday, the feds came calling again, sentencing Erxleben to 90 months in federal prison.
Maybe he’ll show up in a real life “Longest Yard” movie. Chances are, he’ll be picked high, only to disappoint.