Former Rams receiver Stedman Bailey has an inspirational story. The former third-round pick out of West Virginia was shot twice in the head back in November 2015, leaving him in critical condition and his playing career in tatters.
Bailey underwent multiple surgical procedures, resulting in a titanium plate being place into his head.
Fast forward three years and the now 27-year-old is in the midst of a miraculous NFL comeback attempt. He's been working out with pro's such as Toddy Gurley and participated in Marshall's Pro Day last month, all with one aim; to return to the league and win comeback player of the year in 2018.
Those are lofty goals, especially considering his limited production in his first stint in the league included a mere 59 receptions for 843 yards and two touchdowns. However, according to Bailey himself, teams are showing interest!
“Teams showing interest. A few teams! I would tell y’all who but I’ll let y’all sit on the edge of your seats,” Bailey wrote on his Twitter account.
Signs seem good for the still young-enough receiver, who spoke to NFL.com about his goals.
"You've seen dudes come back from ACLs, Achilles, broken bones," Bailey said. "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."
Even if he doesn't quite reach those heights, just making it back to professional football will be an incredible achievement. His story is entirely inspiring and shows just how powerful the human spirit can be, even in the darkest of times.
The whole league will be pulling for him to find his way on to someone's roster before the new season comes around, but he'll certainly have his work cut out to do it.News Now - Sport News