Russell joined Victoria Police on 4th of February 1964 and was still serving at the time of his induction in 2002.
Russell was selected in the Victoria County Cricket Team at the age of 16 to play against the touring South African Team. During his cricket career he played for the South Melbourne Club from 1964 to 1970, and Sheffield Shield for Victoria.
Russell was an outstanding Australian Rules Footballer, playing 164 games and kicking 54 goals for South Melbourne Club, and winning the club's 'Best & Fairest' award in 1974. He was vice captain of the club from 1974 to 1975. He later played and coached the Golden Point Football Club achieving another two 'Best and Fairest' wards and was runner up in the Ballarat 'best and Fairest'.
Upon the completion of his football career Russell continued to demonstrate his ability to succeed in sport by becoming a successful trainer of greyhounds and pacers.