Stedman Bailey still hopes for NFL return

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Wide receiver Stedman Bailey was shot in the head twice on November 24, leading to surgery and a lengthy hospital stay that ended with Bailey headed home just before the start of 2016.

Along the way, Rams coach Jeff Fisher said that Bailey was probably done playing football as a result of the injuries he suffered in the shooting but Bailey’s not quite ready to write himself off. In a YouTube video shot by Geoff Coyle of West Virginia Illustrated and titled “Steddy Ambition,” Bailey admits his doctors are doubtful about his chances of returning and outlines one potential fear that’s been expressed to him.

“My neurosurgeon was also extremely concerned about me making a return to the NFL, because when I did get shot in the head, it was pretty much like the worst kind of concussions that you can have,” Bailey said. “Just being that football is such a physical sport, guys have concussions all the time. I would say that’s probably the scariest part about it, because at the end of the day, I just want to have my mind functioning where I can be a good family man, be a good dad, just be myself. That’s one thing I think is scary.”

Bailey is running and lifting weights, although the amount of weight he’s working with is down significantly from where he was before the shooting. That’s not stopping him from trying to “continue to live out my dream,” although it seems there’s still a fair distance to go before Bailey can realistically hope to return to the field.

7 responses to “Stedman Bailey still hopes for NFL return

  1. I wish him well in his rehab. He made some great plays for the Rams. It would be nice if he becomes fit enough to play, but not worth risking his health by actually doing it.

  2. dansardo says:
    Feb 10, 2016 8:25 AM
    I will wish him well when and if the full story of how he got shot comes out and if it turns out to be a situation he didn’t deserve

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    No one deserves to be shot twice in the head with children in the car, regardless of what they did. There is nothing about pulling up to a car at 8:45pm on a Tuesday night and opening fire on it that says, “Just cause.”

  3. Id love to see him back on the field wearing the horns again.hope fully when that happens he takes no blows to the head , or other injuries. Has a chance to be a solid no. 2 reciever. Good luck to him, just hope he’s smart about it

  4. No one deserves to be shot twice in the head with children in the car
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    The children certainly didn’t deserve that and if, as I suspect, the reason bailey got shot was something he was involved in, that is just something else he should be held to pay for too.

  5. The children certainly didn’t deserve that and if, as I suspect, the reason bailey got shot was something he was involved in, that is just something else he should be held to pay for too
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    …..with a couple bullets to the noggin?

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