Stedman Bailey: I can show the world anything is possible

Getty Images

Stedman Bailey’s promising career as a Rams wide receiver came screeching to a halt in 2015 when he was shot in the head in Miami, but he hopes the abrupt stop won’t be a permanent one.

Bailey worked out at Marshall’s Pro Day recently and ran a 4.43 40-yard dash as he tries to find a team interested in giving him a chance at an improbable second act in the NFL. If Bailey does get that opportunity, he wants to use it to “motivate people around the world” by showing that people can bounce back successfully from serious problems.

“You’ve seen dudes come back from ACLs, Achilles, broken bones,” Bailey said to Tyler Dunne of Bleacher Report. “I want to be the one to show people that no matter what you go through, you don’t have to let other people define who you are as a person, what you can do as a person — and I can show the world anything is possible. I know when I step on the field, there’s a 100 percent chance I win Comeback Player of the Year. And then I’ll get up on the stage and just blow you away with all that I’ve been through.”

Bailey, who has a titanium plate in his skull, expresses no doubt about his ability to return to the field but knows that others will harbor them. He says that he’d ask those people what’s stopped Bailey to this point and vows not to let anyone tell him he can’t achieve his goal.

That’s the attitude he’ll need to see a comeback through and it’s hard not to root for Bailey getting another chance after all he’s been through the last few years.

9 responses to “Stedman Bailey: I can show the world anything is possible

  1. Not a whole lot of detail about what actually ails him. He’s depressed, but so are a lot of other people who don’t play football. It feels more like another anti-football hit piece.

  2. IgnorantLeftist says:

    Not a whole lot of detail about what actually ails him. He’s depressed, but so are a lot of other people who don’t play football. It feels more like another anti-football hit piece.

    So you aren’t aware he survived being shot in the head? Here’s part of a story about him…

    His finger traces the path of the bullet that should’ve killed him on site. Right here, he points. Right here, one bullet struck him near his right temple, traveled through his head and exited just above the eyebrow.

    His skull shattered. Shards of bone fell into his lap, blood gushed, and a car screeched away. The shooters used hollow-point bullets, he explains, bullets designed to expand and destroy and kill on impact.

    Thirty hit the SUV in all. Eleven struck his cousin. Two struck Stedman Bailey in the head.

    Doctors didn’t even know if he’d be able to walk again. One centimeter to the left and he would have been dead or brain dead. The fact he survived is monumental in itself but that he can possibly play football is nothing short of amazing.

  3. justbust says:
    April 3, 2018 at 10:39 am
    I wonder how many other players are on teams with a plate in their skull, seems like a huge legal liability.

    —–

    Anquan Boldin got hit so hard in the head once, it required 7 plates and 40 screws to fix his face. He played 10 more seasons after that.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!