Stedman Bailey does a Pro Day workout, three years after getting shot in the head

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In 2015, Rams receiver Stedman Bailey was shot in the head. It nearly ended his life, and certainly ended his football career — or so everyone thought at the time.

In 2018, Bailey is doing so well that he wants to get back in the NFL. Toward that end, he worked out at Marshall’s Pro Day on Wednesday, hoping some NFL scout would like what he sees enough to offer him a contract.

“I know a lot of teams probably remember me and what type of player I was at the time,” Bailey told the Huntington Herald-Dispatch. “I’m trying to prove that I am still that guy and probably even better. It’s all about proving it and capitalizing on the opportunities that are given to me.”

Bailey said he had surgery to put a plate in his skull and thinks that has strengthened his head so much that he’s probably less susceptible to suffering a brain injury on the field now than he was before he was shot.

After spending time working with the coaching staffs of both the Rams and his alma mater, West Virginia, Bailey believes he hasn’t lost anything mentally, and he says he’s in great shape physically. Now the 27-year-old just wants some team to give him a chance to finish his career on his own terms.

31 responses to “Stedman Bailey does a Pro Day workout, three years after getting shot in the head

  1. What a positive story for a change. I’ll be rooting for him! At the very least I hope he eventually works his way to a position where he can influence young kids positively, mentoring, coaching, etc.

  2. I sure hope someone gives this guy a chance. Nobody deserves one more than this guy. I hope he can get back on the field. What a story. How can you not be pulling for this guy?

  3. jdeezman says:
    March 8, 2018 at 9:23 am
    Wow, this kid deserves a shot. Just to survive and come back from this tragedy… God bless young warrior.

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    “Chance” might have been a better word to use.

  4. My memory is fuzzy on Bailey and I hope I am not confusing him with someone else, but didn’t he have a string of off the field issues before the shooting incident occurred?

  5. I wish him luck. It would be a great comeback story. I’m not buying that a plate in his head has any impact on his brain getting bruised in a football game though.

  6. Good for him. I hope someone gives him a shot in camp. But if he thinks a plate in his head will help prevent TBI, he doesn’t have a proper understanding of how those injuries occur.

  7. Good for him! From what I understand it’s really hard to get back into football shape without playing – hopefully he gets the chance to work his way into it.

  8. Well, there is a certain team in L.A. with horns on their helmet that could use another good receiver…

  9. Bailey said he had surgery to put a plate in his skull and thinks that has strengthened his head so much
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    Now he can play without a helmet!
    Seriously wish him luck. How did he get shot in head?

  10. “Chance” might have been a better word to use.”
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    people write lol all the time, but that literally made me laugh out loud

    But in all seriousness, yeah these are the kind of stories that nobody can hate on. Would be incredible to see him work his way back into the league after suffering through something like that.

  11. “My memory is fuzzy on Bailey and I hope I am not confusing him with someone else, but didn’t he have a string of off the field issues before the shooting incident occurred?”
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    If my memory is correct, he was a good kid caught in one of those wrong place-wrong time situations. I don’t remember him ever getting into any kind of trouble, but someone can correct me if i’m wrong.

  12. Great for Stedman, who was the real star wideout at WV, not Tavon Austin. Just ask Geno (Smith), he’ll tell you: the stat-numbers don’t lie.

  13. revren10 says:

    March 8, 2018 at 11:04 am

    Why did he get shot, why is that left out of story
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    When keeping it real goes wrong (for millionaires)

  14. halfcentaur says:
    If my memory is correct, he was a good kid caught in one of those wrong place-wrong time situations. I don’t remember him ever getting into any kind of trouble, but someone can correct me if i’m wrong.
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    With regard to the shooting, the evidence seems to support your “wrong place, wrong time” scenario.
    I don’t know if this necessarily makes him a “bad kid,” especially in comparison with some of the behavior we see from some players these days. Nevertheless, he did seem to have trouble following the rules and was twice in his brief NFL career — once for PED use, and once for substance abuse (allegedly marijuana).

  15. halfcentaur says:
    March 8, 2018 at 12:04 pm
    “My memory is fuzzy on Bailey and I hope I am not confusing him with someone else, but didn’t he have a string of off the field issues before the shooting incident occurred?”
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    If my memory is correct, he was a good kid caught in one of those wrong place-wrong time situations. I don’t remember him ever getting into any kind of trouble, but someone can correct me if i’m wrong.

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    From what I remember, it was a case of mistaken identity. He, his cousin, and two nephews were in a car when another car drove by and opened fire. The cousin and SB covered up the children. I do remember the cousin having more life threatening injuries even though he ended up driving everyone to the hospital.

    SB’s always been a stand up guy with no history of anything untoward.

  16. yes he is married to oprah, but early in their relationship they actually broke-up once.

    they will have to work at it, i’m sure, but one day stedman may get a chance to be the first husband in the white house.

  17. “yes he is married to oprah, but early in their relationship they actually broke-up once.”
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    LOL. That’s Stedman GRAHAM. And they’ve been together as a couple since Stedman Bailey was 2 years old.

  18. Thanks for the follow ups houseofho and dregonspengler. Couldn’t remember the guys backstory but was pretty sure he wasn’t pegged as the criminal type.

  19. Bailey, Kenny Britt, Jared Cook, Tavon Austin and Chris Givens were all part of the hands up, don’t shoot group.

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